Between 2 and 4 million women are annually victimized by domestic violence. Most children in homes in which domestic violence occurs witness that abuse and suffer secondary psychological effects, including aggressive behavior and depression. Male children who witness abuse are more likely to become abusers themselves as adults, creating a vicious, intergenerational cycle of violent behavior. (ABA Domestic Violence Commission)


If you need help or someone you know is experiencing or in some way involved in domestic violence please recognize that there are measures to take in order to prevent further harm. If you are a victim of violence we strongly urge you to devise a safety plan for a time of extreme emergency, and the following list of Domestic Shelters will be a great start for obtaining help and vital information.

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Massachusetts Domestic Violence Shelters:


  • Massachusetts Coalition Of Battered Women's Service Groups 210 Commercial St., 3rd Floor Boston MA 02109 (617)248-0922

  • New Hope, Inc. P.O. Box 4100 Attleboro MA 02703 Business #: 508-226-4588 Hotline/Crisis: 508-226-4588 Toll Free #: 617-762-1530

  • Asian Shelter & Advocacy Project P.O. Box 120108 Boston MA 02112 Business #: 617-338-2350 Hotline/Crisis: 617-338-2355

  • Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, Inc. P.O. Box 87 Boston MA 02120 Business #: 617-739-6696 Hotline/Crisis: 617-277-3648

  • Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc. P.O. Box 18019 Boston MA 02118 Business #: 617-521-0100 Toll Free #: (800)992-2600

  • Renewal House P.O. Box 919, Roxbury Crossing Boston MA 02120 Business #: 617-277-4194 Hotline/Crisis:617-566-6881 MLS 5 months BYF N

  • Domestic Violence Action Program D.V.A.P. 18 Newton St. Brockton MA 02401 Business #: 508-583-6498 Hotline/Crisis: 508-583-6498 Toll Free #: (800)281-6498

  • Womansplace P.O. Box 4206 Brockton MA 02403 Business #: 508-588-2042 Hotline/Crisis: 508-588-2041

  • Transition House P.O. Box 530 Harvard Square Station Cambridge MA 02238 Business #: 617-354-2676 Hotline/Crisis: 617-661-7203

  • Harbor Me, Inc. P.O. Box 505634 Chelsea MA 02150 Business #: 617-884-8974 Hotline/Crisis: 617-889-2111

  • Our Sister's Place P.O. Box 4236 Fall River MA 02723 Business #: 508-677-0224 Hotline/Crisis: 508-677-0224

  • Women's Center, Stanley Street Treatment and Resources 386 Stanley Street Fall River MA 02720 Business #: 508-679-5222 Hotline/Crisis: 508-675-0087

  • Battered Women's Resources, Inc. P.O. Box 2503 Fitchburg MA 01420 Business #: 508-342-2919 Hotline/Crisis: 508-630-1031 Toll Free #: (508)368-1311

  • Women's Protective Services/WIN Haven Shelter 63 Fountain St. Framingham MA 01701 Business #: 508-820-0834 Hotline/Crisis: 508-626-8686

  • New England Learning Center for Women in Transition, Inc. 10 Park Street Greenfield MA 01301 Business #: 413-772-0871 Hotline/Crisis: 413-772-0806

  • Womanshelter/Companeras P.O. Box 6099 Holyoke MA 01041 Business #: 413-538-9717 Hotline/Crisis: 413-536-1628

  • Independence House, Inc. 22 Main Street Hyannis MA 02601 Business #: 617-771-6507

  • Elizabeth Stone House, Inc. P.O. Box 59 Jamaica Plain MA 02130 Business #: 617-522-3417 Hotline/Crisis: 522-3417

  • Finex House, Inc. P.O. Box 1154 Jamaica MA 02130 Business #: 617-436-0831 Hotline/Crisis: 617-288-1057

  • Native American Indian Center of Boston 105 South Huntington Avenue Jamaica Plains MA 02130 Business #: 617-232-0343

  • Women's Resource Center, Inc. 454 North Canal Street Lawrence MA 01842 Business #: 508-685-2480 Hotline/Crisis: 508-685-2480 Toll Frce #: (800)400-4700

  • Atlanic P.O. Box 2096 Lowell MA 01851 Business #: 508-458-0274 Hotline/Crisis: 508-454-1436

  • Services Against Family Violence P.O. Box 164 Maiden MA 02148 Business #: 617-324-2221 Hotline/Crisis: 617-324-2221

  • A Safe Place, Inc. P.O. Box 3231 Nantucket MA 02584 Business #: 508-228-0561 Hotline/Crisis: 508-228-2111

  • Domestic Violence Program New Bedford Women's Center 252 County Street New Bedford MA 02740 Business #: 508-996-3343 Hotline/Crisis: 508-99WOMEN

  • Women's Crisis Ctr. of Greater Newburyport 8 Prince Place Newburyport MA 01950 Business #: 508-465-2155 Hotline/Crisis: 508-465-2155

  • Necessities/Necesidades, Inc. 16 Armory St. Northampton MA 01060 Business #: 413-586-1125 Hotline/Crisis: 413-586-5066

  • Women's Services of Western Mass., Inc. 146 First Street Pittsfield MA 01201 Business #: 413-499-2425 Hotline/Crisis: 443-0089

  • South Shore Women's Center, Inc. 225 Water Street, Suite 412 Plymouth MA 02360 Business #: 508-746-2664 Hotline/Crisis: 508-746-2664

  • DOVE, Inc. P.O. Box 287 Quincy MA 02269 Business #: 617-471-5087 Hotline/Crisis: 617-471-1234

  • Renewal House P.O. Box 919 Roxbury MA 02120 Business #: 617-277-4194 Hotline/Crisis: 617-566-6881

  • Help for Abused Women and Their Children (HAWC) 27 Congress St. Salem MA 01970 Business #: 508-744-8552 Hotline/Crisis: 508-744-6841

  • Respond, Inc. P.O. Box 555 Somerville MA 02143 Hotline/Crisis: 617-623-5900

  • YWCA ARCH Program Abuse and Rape Crisis Hotline P.O. Box 80632 Springfield MA 01138 Business #: 413-733-1588 Hotline/Crisis: 413-733-7100

  • Women's Support Services Box 369 Vineyard Haven MA 02568 Business #: 508-693-7900 Hotline/Crisis: 508-696-SAFE

  • The Support Committee for Battered Women P.O. Box 24 Waltham MA 02254 Business #: 617-891-0724 Toll Free #: (800)899-4000

  • YWCA New Beginnings P.O. Box 1835 Westfield MA 01086 Business #: 413-562-5739 Hotline/Crisis: 413-562-1920 Toll Free #: (800)479-6245

  • Daybreak Resources for Women & Children, Inc. 945 Main St. P.O. Box 925 Worcester MA 01610 Business #: 508-755-5371 Hotline/Crisis 508-755-9030



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