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Healing Abuse Working For Change

 27 Congress Street
 Salem, MA 01970
[P] (978) 7442299 x 312
[F] (978) 7456886
Sara Stanley
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EIN 04-2655367

LAST UPDATED: 03/06/2019
Organization DBA HAWC
Former Names Help for Abused Women and Children (2009)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No


Mission StatementMORE »

The purpose of HAWC is to create social change by taking action against personal and societal patterns of violence and oppression. HAWC provides services and support to domestic violence victims residing in the 23 cities and towns on the North Shore in order that they may make informed, independent decisions about their futures, and access alternatives to living in a violent situation.

Mission Statement

The purpose of HAWC is to create social change by taking action against personal and societal patterns of violence and oppression. HAWC provides services and support to domestic violence victims residing in the 23 cities and towns on the North Shore in order that they may make informed, independent decisions about their futures, and access alternatives to living in a violent situation.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $1,646,755.00
Projected Expense $1,566,914.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Domestic Violence Services
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Parent Child Trauma Recovery Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Mission Statement

The purpose of HAWC is to create social change by taking action against personal and societal patterns of violence and oppression. HAWC provides services and support to domestic violence victims residing in the 23 cities and towns on the North Shore in order that they may make informed, independent decisions about their futures, and access alternatives to living in a violent situation.

Background Statement

The agency was founded in 1978, as one of the first pilot programs formed to support domestic violence victims and increase visibility of this previously very private issue. In the 1970s and 1980s HAWC founders opened their homes as shelter to victims. With increased visibility came an increase in services, support and opportunity to positively impact future generations. Today HAWC remains a leader nationwide in providing empowering, culturally and linguistically competent services to domestic violence victims while also educating youth and the community around healthy relationships and how to prevent domestic violence homicide. HAWC’s 20 paid staff and 60 volunteers (after 40 hours of training) provide a 24-hour hotline; emergency shelter; trauma recovery counseling for adults and children; legal advocacy in five district courts and Essex County Probate Court; 2 staff attorneys for victims dealing with immigration relief and/or family law matters; medical advocacy in local hospitals; educational and support groups; short term rental assistance and economic stability services. All of our services are provided free of charge.

Impact Statement

With a strong philosophy of self-help and empowerment, HAWC’s primary goal is to provide victims of violence with shelter, support, and practical information about their options, with guidance from highly trained staff and volunteers. Its objective is to provide survivors with the necessary resources, tools and skills that will empower them to make independent and informed decisions about their futures and help them to build lives free of violence and fear.

Needs Statement

Need 1: Gifts of $2,500 provide emergency shelter and food for one family for one month

Need 2: Gifts of $1,000 provide 3 people with 24-hour hotline support, crisis counseling, safety planning and support groups throughout the year. 

Need 3: Multi-year gifts toward our $1.7 million Building Campaign help pay for the purchase and renovation costs of our new, handicapped accessible emergency shelter for families made homeless due to domestic violence. Our new shelter serves 8 families and up to 18 children a day and 60-100 individuals a year and is almost always full. We are halfway toward our shelter fundraising goal.

Need 4: Gifts of $500 provide one child and their protective parent trauma recovery counseling for 12 sessions.

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

Northeast Massachusetts Region
23 cities and towns North Of Boston between Lynn and Gloucester

Organization Categories

  1. Mental Health & Crisis Intervention - Hot Lines & Crisis Intervention
  2. Housing, Shelter - Temporary Housing
  3. Human Services - Family Violence Shelters and Services

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



Domestic Violence Services

Based in Salem, MA, HAWC also has outreach offices located in Gloucester, Lynn and Ipswich. HAWC provides free domestic violence services to all victims including: 24 hour hotline; emergency shelter; advocacy in police departments, courts, and hospitals; individual and group counseling; and prevention education in schools for teen dating violence and bullying/teasing. HAWC provides information on domestic violence to corporations, health care agencies, community groups, church and civic organizations.
Budget  $1,800,000.00
Category  Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Family Violence Counseling
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  Established a children's counseling program for children who have witnessed domestic violence.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  --

Emergency Shelter

HAWC assists parents and children who have become homeless due to domestic violence with emergency shelter. We can house 6 adults and up to 18 children in shelter at any one time. We estimate that it costs $2,500 to house a family in shelter for one month. While in shelter they attend support groups, learn about budgeting and household finance, and prepare for independent living. HAWC works with our community partners to find housing for shelter residents and to support the safety planning piece for victims seeking independent housing.
Budget  397,670
Category  Housing, General/Other Emergency Shelter
Population Served Homeless Families Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 
1.As a result of receiving domestic violence services, adult survivors will have increased safety options

2.As a result of receiving domestic violence services, adult survivors will be better able to advocate for themselves.

Program Long-Term Success 

Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success 

We will know this to be the case because survivors will have:

1.    Engaged in safety planning that helps them to be safety from their abuser; and obtained help in developing strategies for staying safe in their communities
2.  Obtained support to make decisions and changes in their lives; learned about why and how domestic violence happens; and  obtained information about their legal rights and options

Parent Child Trauma Recovery Program


The Parent Child Trauma Recovery program is based on the Psychotherapy Advocacy Combined Trauma Treatment model combining Child Parent Psychotherapy with Advocacy. This model has been evaluated as successful at reducing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms in both protective parents and children who have experienced violence in the home. The program allows the Clinician to support the protective parent and child with their specific skills and resources, while the Advocate is simultaneously able to provide wraparound services and support that families fleeing abuse require. Services are provided within a culturally competent framework, with clinicians and staff speaking languages of the parent and child, understanding cultural references, and operating within culturally sensitive environments. PCTRP has been operating out of the NS Medical Center in Salem since 2008. HAWC began a successful expansion of PCTRP into Lynn, MA in partnership with Lynn Community Health Center in 2012. HAWC has more recently expanded the PCTRP into Cape Ann/Gloucester in partnership with Children's Friend and Family Services.


Budget  249,860
Category  Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Population Served Families Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Victims
Program Short-Term Success  Reduce Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms in both parents and children (aged infancy to 12 years) following 12 week treatment program.
Program Long-Term Success 
Adult survivors of domestic violence will have access to increased safety options and be better able to advocate for themselves and their children.
Program Success Monitored By  Evaluation of based on Child Parent Psychotherapy model
Examples of Program Success 



Luz had been living in Lynn for 2 years at the time of a life threatening assault. During the incident, the husband beat and attempted to strangle Luz, while she was holding their son. She recalls passing out and regaining consciousness with her son crying over her. Luz remained concerned about what her son had witnessed. He had become withdrawn, hard to soothe, was afraid of all men, and disinterested in playing. Less than a month after the assault, Luz and her HAWC advocate met with a bilingual clinician from the Parent Child Trauma Recovery team to talk about the boy’s symptoms. Through the 12 week program, the child and mother were able to recreate the fear the child felt during the abuse and re-establish the bond between mother and son. In the PCTRP model, safety and empowerment are the foundation while the traumatic event is healed in the context of the child parent relationship.  The child’s symptoms are now reduced, and he no longer meets the criteria for a PTSD diagnosis. 


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Paula Herrington
CEO Term Start Apr 2016
CEO Email
CEO Experience

Paula Herrington, Executive Director, has been leading the agency since April 2016. Paula also served as HAWC’s Interim Executive Director for nine months during a previous executive transition in 2013. Paula is committed to HAWC’s mission, to social justice, and is a tested leader specializing in non-profit capacity building and organizational transitions. Between 2003 and 2007, Paula served as Executive Director of ETC Development Corp., a developer and manager of affordable housing with an annual budget of $14M. Paula’s previous experience in affordable housing is similar to her work at HAWC as it involved extensive administration of government contracts and complex legal issues. Paula has been working in the non-profit sector since 1990 and in senior management roles since 1995. She has served as Interim Executive Director for nonprofits that are leaders in their field such as the Women's International League for Peace & Freedom - US and MassEquality. She was a member of the Interim Executive pool and Transition Consultant with Third Sector New England, the nation’s leading provider of non-profit organizational transition services for eight years. She is also a certified capacity-building consultant with Neighborworks America, a funder of community development corporations nationally. Paula holds a B.A. in Labor Relations from McGill University and an MBA in Finance from Northeastern University.

Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Kristin Barry Director of Finance and Administration

Kristen joined HAWC in November 2015 and is responsible for month end closing including accruals, general ledger auditing and reconciliation and posting of month end adjusting entries; all A/P functions including invoice receipt and entry into and Quick books, weekly check runs and statement reconciliations; AR functions including billing Federal and State grants, posting of customer payments and daily banking entries, ACH and EFT payments; monthly bank and loan reconciliations; payroll processing through ADP for HAWC employees; and company benefits management including health, dental, FSA and 401K. Previously Kristin was the Staff Accountant for Stahl, ISA, and Financial Assistant at Beverly Bootstraps. Kristin received a B.S. in Business from the University of South Florida.

Ms. Gloria Gonzalez Program Officer

Gloria Gonzalez, MSW, Program Director, manages all program oversight responsibilities in collaboration with the Shelter Coordinator and Attorney Director of Legal Services. Gloria collaborates with the leadership team and all staff to develop and oversee strategies, initiatives, and projects that strengthen HAWC’s mission and program delivery. She also serves as the liaison to develop and maintain many of HAWC’s external partnerships. Gloria joined HAWC in 2014 as a Family Advocate in the shelter with a caseload of shelter clients while she also managed the agency’s children’s program. In March 2015, Gloria was promoted to Shelter Coordinator. In this role, she oversaw the shelter’s day-to-day activities and provided supervision for shelter advocates. Gloria was promoted Shelter Director in July 2015 and Program Director in December 2016. Gloria’s prior work experiences include senior case management in transitional housing for state inmates both the male and female populations. This work involved reintegration of individuals back into the community; including areas of housing, employment, schooling, and family ties. Gloria graduated from Rutgers University School of Social Work with a Master’s degree in Social Work in 2011 and is an LCSW Candidate April 2017.

Ms. Vika Kohan Director of Operations

Vika has been working at HAWC since November 2003. Vika has held many roles at the agency including Data Analyst, Data and IT Manager. In 2012, Vika was promoted to her current role as Director of Operations. Vika has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Science, and Engineering and was previously an instructor of Physics, Science, and Information Technology at one of the leading schools in the Ukraine. Vika’s versatile education and experience has had a tremendous impact on HAWC’s technology infrastructure, making the agency one of the leading organizations in the region in the area of data collection.

Ms. Sara Stanley Esq. Attorney Director of Legal Services

Sara A. Stanley, Esq., HAWC’s Attorney Director of Legal Services, joined HAWC in 2015, has been practicing law in MA since 2007, and was recently admitted to practice in NH. Attorney Stanley provides legal counsel in the areas of family law, 209A protective orders, and housing and employment rights in the context of domestic violence. She oversees HAWC’s SAFEPLAN program, and trains and supervises student and pro bono attorneys. Attorney Stanley sits on the Salem and Lynn High-Risk Teams, as well as the Domestic and Sexual Violence Council. Before joining HAWC, Attorney Stanley was in private family law practice, provided pro bono representation to survivors of SDV through the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Women’s Bar Foundation, and she volunteered her time with the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center and HAWC. After graduating from Suffolk University Law School, cum laude, in 2007, Attorney Stanley was selected for the Attorney General’s Honors Program and served as the Judicial Law Clerk and Attorney Advisor for the Boston Executive Office of Immigration Review. Previously, Attorney Stanley interned with the International Institute of Boston to support asylum cases, the Boston Immigration Court, and a well-respected local immigration law firm. Attorney Stanley is well positioned to supervise and support the addition of a DPH-funded attorney to the HAWC legal program.

The DPH-funded immigration attorney will be bilingual in Spanish and English and bicultural, representing one of the immigrant populations prevalent in HAWC’s service area. We will seek an attorney with 1-5 years’ experience assisting clients with U-visas and VAWA petitions.


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Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

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One of the focus areas of HAWC’s work is to educate and advocate within the community and to work toward social change by addressing numerous forms of oppression. Racism, classism, homophobia, and other beliefs and behaviors within systems, institutions and individuals can limit safety and access to services for victims. Since HAWC is widely respected as a community leader, we can obtain support and services for individuals who might otherwise be marginalized. We partner with law enforcement, batterer's services agencies, Department of Children and Families, health centers, schools and all agencies that will serve and outreach to individuals at risk for domestic violence.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 16
Number of Part Time Staff 8
Number of Volunteers 30
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 80%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 12
Hispanic/Latino: 10
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 22
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Ms. Stephanie Hood
Board Chair Company Affiliation Hemenway & Barnes, LLP
Board Chair Term Jan 2019 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Rev Ruth Bersin Priest Associate, Trinity Episcopal Church, Topsfield; Executive Director, Refugee Immigration Ministry Voting
Elisa Castillo Assistant Dean of Students for Wellness Salem State University Voting
Ms Meredith Flanagan HAWC board member Voting
Stephanie Hood Hemenway & Barnes, LLP Voting
Ms. Lauren Hubacheck Salem State University Voting
Kim Joyce CFO, North Suffolk Mental Health Voting
Mr. Paul Kurker Eastern Bank Voting
Ms. Denise Molina St. Johns Preparatory School Voting
Ms. Bernadette Peeples Office Manager at New Leaf Speaker Management LLC Voting
Ms Linda L Puopolo HAWC board member Voting
Ms. Kimberly Woodbury Groom Construction Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 10
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 75%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $1,646,755.00
Projected Expense $1,566,914.00
Form 990s

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

2008 990

Audit Documents

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2014 Audit

2013 Audit

2012 Audit

2011 Audit

2010 Audit

2009 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $1,521,286 $1,493,208 $1,947,172
Total Expenses $1,671,419 $1,643,271 $1,823,031

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- $374,663
Government Contributions $767,017 $23,642 $26,542
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    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $767,017 $23,642 $26,542
Individual Contributions $589,672 $440,349 $332,563
Indirect Public Support $26,225 $41,467 $43,743
Earned Revenue $2,470 $877,285 $1,026,888
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,122 $1,327 $758
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $129,528 $109,138 $142,015
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $1,275,990 $1,396,160 $1,327,814
Administration Expense $122,629 $51,885 $184,546
Fundraising Expense $272,800 $195,226 $310,671
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.91 0.91 1.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses 76% 85% 73%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 18% 32% 34%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $2,105,169 $2,288,024 $2,556,652
Current Assets $533,412 $675,074 $890,895
Long-Term Liabilities $944,146 $952,897 $1,041,271
Current Liabilities $127,159 $151,130 $181,321
Total Net Assets $1,033,864 $1,183,997 $1,334,060

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 4.19 4.47 4.91

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 45% 42% 41%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are per the 990 Schedule B documents.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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