South Shore Resource and Advocacy Center

 

Suzanne’s Sea Glass Sprint has partnered with South Shore Resource and Advocacy Center, a non-profit organization,

for their 5k run/walk to end domestic violence.

Mission Statement

The mission of the South Shore Resource and Advocacy Center is to seek the end of abuse and violence against women, children, and families. We work to further a community culture that provides safety and support to those affected by domestic violence and to advocate for social change through activism, education, and leadership in our community. 

We are a nonprofit, community-based domestic violence program that has been assisting victims of domestic violence and their families for more than 30 years. Services are free and confidential. Our focus is to create a welcoming environment where victims can feel safe to make empowering choices in their lives.

History of Center

The South Shore Women’s Center began in 1978 by Jim Hardeman and several committed volunteers, who offered group counseling to domestic violence victims. Shortly thereafter, SSWC received its first grant and expanded services to include a 24-hour Hotline. In 1981, SSWC received a Department of Social Services (now Department of Children & Families) grant and expanded services to include: temporary emergency shelter, individual counseling, information and referral, court advocacy, volunteer training, and expanded community education/outreach. 

Philosophical Approach

Our philosophical approach to domestic violence (DV) is based on the “Empowerment Model” of response, which assists victims in identifying values and choices that support that achievement of their goals. The Empowerment Model shifts the control of decision-making to the victim and strives to avoid replicating the inequality of power in the victim’s relationships. 

Programs Offered

There are many programs within the agency. SHARES (homicide bereavement), DDTF (impaired driving), Court advocacy within Plymouth District, Plymouth Probate, Wareham District, and Hingham District, Hospital advocacy at Beth Israel Deaconess Plymouth, Grandparents raising grandchildren, prevention and education work, Center based services such as: groups. and one-on-one advocacy, food pantry, clothing closet, Safehome, Community based advocates and many other areas in which we provide resources.  

Areas Serviced

In 2006, the South Shore Resource and Advocacy Center was established to continue the work previously offered by the South Shore Women’s Center (SSWC). Today, it is a program of Southeast Regional Network.

 

It serves 16 communities, primarily on the South Shore, including: Carver, Duxbury, Halifax, Hanson, Hanover, Hingham, Hull, Kingston, Marshfield, Middleboro, Norwell, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Scituate, and Wareham. SHARES and DDTF also service people in Bristol County. 

Program Statistics 

 

In 2017, they provided center based services to 334 survivor of domestic violence. This includes emergency safe homing, individual and group.

 

Our SAFEPLAN Court Based Advocacy program provided services to 1,198 survivors.

 

Our Hospital Based Program provided services to 338 survivors and our Community Based program provided services to 180 survivors.

 

Our teen dating violence program provided prevention services to 700 students in 2017. 

Domestic Violence Statistics

24 PEOPLE PER MINUTE

ON AVERAGE ARE VICTIMS OF RAPE, PHYSICAL VIOLENCE OR STALKING BY AN INTIMATE PARTNER IN THE UNITED STATES 

1 IN 4 WOMEN (24.3%) 

AGED 18 AND OLDER IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE BEEN VICTIM OF SEVERE PHYSICAL VIOLENCE BY AN INTIMATE PARTNER IN THEIR LIFETIME 

FEMALES AGED 18-34

GENERALLY EXPERIENCED THE HIGHEST RATES OF INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE 

MORE THAN 1 IN 3 WOMEN 

IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE EXPERIENCED RAPE, PHYSICAL VIOLENCE AND/OR STALKING BY AN INTIMATE PARTNER IN THEIR LIFETIME