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Group offers 'New Hope' to abuse victims

May 19, 2011
Thousands of victims of abuse in Massachusetts are finding help thanks to the New Hope Domestic Violence Center.

New Hope is a non-profit agency with a mission to end physical and sexual abuse. Sadly, one out of every four women experiences some form of abuse in their lifetime. The same horrifying statistic is true for members of the LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender] community.

"We offer a number of services that provide intervention," said Laura Martens, a representative for New Hope. "Primarily, we deal with domestic violence issues in the Central Massachusetts area. We do crisis intervention services with survivors of domestic violence who have experienced domestic violence or witnessed domestic violence. Also, different family members or friends that may be concerned with someone they know in a domestic violence situation."

Martin believes the "1 out of 4" statistic is a very conservative estimate and there is good reason to believe that it is actually greater, as not nearly enough of the people that have been abused come forward. In Central Massachusetts, 5,500 individuals were served last year.

They also do a large number of prevention and education services. In their Worcester office, they hold batterer's intervention, also known as their "Respect Program."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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