services for the prevention of family violence
225 Water Street, Suite412
Toll Free (508/617)
SOUTH SHORE WOMEN'S CENTER
Department of Social Services
Federal Grants (VOCA)
Private Fundraising (grants, events & donations)
and is a
member agency of the
Old Colony United Way
Are Not Alone . . .
|Domestic Violence is a
widespread social problem. Abuse has been present in most societies
throughout history. Currently in the United States, there is
violence in 60% of all marriages...
||U.S. Government statistics
estimate that a woman is abused every 15 seconds
than 30% of women murdered in the U.S. are killed by their male
Battering often occurs during pregnancy
Research indicates that wife beating, results in more injuries
requiring medical treatment than rape, auto accidents and muggings
Domestic violence occurs in families of every
race, ethnic group and socioeconomic level, and in homosexual
|South Shore Women's Center
is here to support anyone who is concerned with violence in the
Sharing with someone can give individual a sense
of what choices are available. Being with other victims can let you
know that the abuse you are suffering is not I your fault. S.S.W'C.
offers caring, supportive services through a crisis and explores
alternatives with victims that empower them to live lives free from
South Shore Women's Center's mission is to end
domestic violence by providing support and education to victims,
their families and the community. SSWC believes no one deserves to
be abused and violence against women must not be tolerated.
Court Advocacy Program
Women's Center has trained volunteers and staff to assist
individuals seeking relief from abuse through the court system.
Volunteers offer assistance in many areas which not require an
for Victims and the Community
||Crisis Intervention/Safety Planning
Emergency Shelter via Safe
Information and Referral Resources
Police Training Outreach
Violence Prevention Projects
|The ABUSE PREVENTION ACT
(209A) protects you and your right to a life free from abuse.
In January 1991, the Abuse Prevention Act was revised. The
following options are available under Chapter 403, An Act to Further
Protect Abused Persons.
If you are threatened with abuse
or in an abusive situation, you can go to Court and receive:
Temporary Vacate Order
Temporary Support Order
Compensation for expenses due to the abuse.
When the courthouse
is closed, local police will assist in obtaining an emergency
For more information about the Abuse
Prevention Act call (508) 746-2664.
Ending & Preventing
The VPP was established in
December 1987 to reach out to young people in an effort to break the
cycle of learned violence. VPP provides curriculum materials and
training to interested schools to help teach children and teenagers
about the origins of violence and to develop their skills for
The Violence Prevention
Project highlights self-assertion, communication and problem solving
skills in equal power relationships between men and women and girls
The goal of VPP is to prevent both the
acceptance and perpetuation of violence as a means of communication
or problem solving in interpersonal relationships. This special
project was started by a grant from the Polaroid Foundation and is
currently funded through corporations, foundations and private
The Violence Prevention Project offers groups
for teens in abusive dating relationships as well as groups for
children who witness violence at home.
It's a Man's Choice
Treatment Group for Batterers
|The South Shore Women's
Center is committed to creating social change through confronting
issues of domestic violence and educating the community about all
aspects of abuse.
It is not enough to empower women to
halt the cycle of violence alone. Batterers must learn to take
responsibility for their actions and learn alternatives to violent
South Shore Women's Center works closely with
local batterers' treatment groups. From time to time, the Center
operates its own groups. For information and referral about
batterers' treatment, call (508) 746-2664.
Everyone Can Help End
|There are a variety of
volunteer opportunities at South Shore Women's Center.
Volunteers cover the hotline; provide shelter; fundraise; provide
office assistance, court advocacy, community education and outreach.
Volunteers receive extensive training and supervision. They
gain new skills and find satisfaction helping others.
Call Now to:
our how to be a board member
Donate office equipment and
shelter supplies(i.e., food, clothes, toiletries, etc.) for women
and their children in temporary shelter
support by mailing a check to:
South Shore Women's
225 Water Street, Suite 412
Plymouth, MA. 02360
For more information about volunteering call 508-746-2664
South Shore Women's Center is a MEmber of Massachusetts
Coalition of Battered Women's Services Groups
S.S.W.C. services are confidential
Private Attorney Involvement,
Client Education Materials,
Other Legal Services/Resources,
Massachusetts Statewide Plan ,