AWARE Domestic and Sexual Violence Services
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about

AWARE's mission is grounded in non-violence and strives to prevent and heal the trauma of domestic and sexual violence in such a way that all people are empowered to act towards themselves and others with awareness, empathy, respect and personal responsibility. Honesty, compassion and transparency are vital elements in meeting the needs of our community. Those seeking our services are our priority along with prevention and educational leadership.

AWARE is a non-profit organization established in 1984 dedicated to resolving the causes and effects of domestic violence and sexual assault in the greater Hardwick area. AWARE provides services year-round, 24 hours a day, governed by a volunteer board of directors, utilizing paid employees and numerous volunteers. We serve the towns of Cabot, Craftsbury, Greensboro, Hardwick, Stannard, Walden, and Woodbury.

Check out our 30th Anniversary Documentary created by Meredith Holtch!

 

focus

AWARE focuses on two priorities: crisis intervention and prevention education. Advocates are first responders in crisis situations involving domestic and sexual violence, operating a 24 hour hotline where callers can speak to an advocate who can inform them of their legal rights and options, be connected to other community resources, and provide immediate necessary assistance which may include access to financial assistance and safe haven. Victims experiencing abuse who call our hotline, or are referred by police, family, or friends, need immediate and concentrated assistance, support, and information. AWARE advocates can provide services and support from the initial emergency to long term planning and support. AWARE also provides in-depth legal advocacy services and support and information to families of victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

AWARE’s crisis and prevention programs focus on increasing participants’ knowledge about community resources and to provide them with information. Programs are designed to intervene effectively in crisis situations and to educate all segments of the community to participate in prevention of domestic and sexual violence. AWARE has developed a major focus on education and skill development among children because we believe that this is a key element to breaking the cycle of domestic and sexual violence and that provides a gateway opportunity to reach parents and other concerned adults.