In January of 1997 the HAVEN Program (Hospitals Helping Abuse and Violence End Now) officially launched. The three HAVEN advocates worked at the main campus in Boston and at the health centers in Revere, Chelsea, and Charlestown.
The program had great success and much interest and in 1998 HAVEN received a grant from the MGH Ladies Visiting Committee funding a full time position in the MGH Chelsea Health Center. In 2001 HAVEN received a grant from the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance to fund a full time position at the MGH Revere Health Center. This brought the total number of Advocates to 5.
Currently, HAVEN offers multi-lingual, full time coverage at MGH Boston, MGH Chelsea and MGH Revere.
In November 2008 the founding director Bonnie Zimmer, LICSW left HAVEN and Elizabeth Speakman, LICSW took over as director to continue the important work of HAVEN.
HAVEN at MGH works as part of the broader movement to end intimate partner abuse by improving and enhancing our health care response to patients, employees, and community members who have been impacted by abuse.
To achieve its mission HAVEN:
- Provides welcoming, affirming advocacy services to all survivors, both in the early dating years through later life, including members of the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, queer community
- Is committed to maintaining a culturally diverse and linguistically supportive program
- Provides training, education and consultation to MGH and its surrounding communities
- Fosters and maintains collaborations with community partners
- Tracks and evaluates our program’s progress to identify new needs and strategies
HAVEN Brochure: English and Spanish
HAVEN TEEN Brochure
In the Journeys booklet read stories and poems written by women who have received counseling from HAVEN. You will also find tips on self care, reducing isolation, increasing self esteem and more.
HAVEN offers a variety of services to help all survivors of intimate partner abuse. Some of HAVEN’s services are listed below.
For survivors of intimate partner abuse:
- Support Groups
- Ongoing counseling
- Educational Workshops
- Accompaniment to court or other appointments
- Safety Planning
- Referrals to Resources (within or outside of MGH)
For health care providers:
- Consults for professionals employed at MGH and others within the community
- Trainings on all aspects of the work that HAVEN does and the dynamics of intimate partner abuse
- Policy and Protocol Development within MGH
- Awareness events at schools
For more information about HAVEN services or to schedule an appointment, contact us:
If you are affected by violence perpetrated by someone other than your intimate partner, such as a family member, friend, neighbor or stranger, there are resources available to support you. Please click here to learn more about organizations and programs in your area.
Also, if you have been sexually assaulted please contact the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, 24 hours a day at 800-841-8371 or www.barcc.org