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Domestic violence agency expands outreach

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A domestic violence agency recently opened a new outreach office at 20 Central St., Suite 505. The new office replaces the previous one that HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) maintained on Union Street. The Salem-based agency provides services to victims of domestic violence in 23 communities north of Boston. The services include a 24-hour hot line; support groups; individual, legal, and hospital advocacy; children’s services; a shelter program; community education; and legal assistance. During fiscal 2013, which ended June 30, HAWC served 1,144 adults and children from Lynn. Agency officials note that the new office is conveniently located near MBTA bus service and the Lynn commuter rail station. It is also in the same building as HAWC’s partner, the North Shore Rape Crisis Center. The new HAWC office is staffed with community and youth outreach advocates, a legal aide, and a staff member who works with domestic violence victims referred by Union Hospital in Lynn and the North Shore Medical Center in Salem. While most people contact HAWC via the 24-hour hot line, 800-547-1649, the Lynn office is open to walk-ins from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

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