Every hour of every day, Elizabeth Freeman Center provides lifesaving, life-renewing help to survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their families. When COVID hit, our offices and shelter remained open to help. Our 24/7 hotline, emergency services, and advocacy continued. We saw an extreme increase in dangerous cases at the very time when there were fewer available resources. Calls to our hotline increased over 40%. The need for emergency shelter increased over 60%.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic we had to make difficult but necessary decisions about how to operate while keeping the health and safety of this community as a top priority. Last year, our fundraiser went virtual with mini-walks and solo walks throughout Berkshire County. This year, as we remain vigilant with COVID precautions, we will have walks in North Adams, Williamstown, Pittsfield, Lee, and Great Barrington in September. Come rise with us and support our work.
Elizabeth Freeman Center offers free and confidential counseling, shelter, legal advocacy, safety planning, teen dating violence prevention education, a 24/7 hotline, and much more. Each year we reach over 3,000 children and adults through our direct services and over 800 through our violence prevention programs for youth. Still, we know that we are only scratching the surface.
We do not do this work alone! Growing awareness and community partnerships propel innovation, including our award-winning Money School, expanded youth education in local schools, our LGBTQ Access Project, and specialized services for immigrants and persons with disabilities.
Elizabeth Freeman Center has offices in Pittsfield, North Adams, and Great Barrington, and staff at Probate and Family Court, Northern Berkshire District Court, Southern Berkshire District Court, Central Berkshire District Court, and the Adams and Pittsfield police departments. Our staff can meet people in safe locations almost anywhere in Berkshire County. We can provide transportation to help you reach us.
Call us for help – we will be here for you.
Whoever we are, however we look, wherever we go – we all deserve safety and justice.