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Wakefield Alliance Against Violence
Wakefield Alliance Against Violence

What is WAAV?

Wakefield Alliance Against Violence, or WAAV, is a Community Based Volunteer organization, dedicated to creating a lifestyle free from violence in Wakefield by reaching out to the community, raising awareness, providing education resources, and support to families and individuals, with an emphasis on prevention.

 

WAAV encourages and supports education about problems of violence, and works with interested community agencies and institutions in and around Wakefield, Massachusetts, to provide links to resources that offer direct service and interventions to both victims and perpetrators of violent behavior.

 

WAAV is governed by a Board of Directors, and operates as a private, tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization. As a private charity, registered in Massachusetts, financial contributions to WAAV are deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Addressing the Problem of Violence in Our Community

Mission and Goals

  1. Reduce the incidence of family violence over time, with a focus on youth and domestic violence, by reducing risk factors, promoting protective factors, and changing norms around violence.
  2. Establish a collaborative, sustainable community partnership that coordinates and leverages violence prevention resources.

 

 

Youth Violence

WAAV helps schools, parents, and the community understand and respond to violence among youth such as bullying, cyber bullying, and teen dating violence.

 

 

Domestic Violence

WAAV provides definitions and descriptions of domestic violence occurring between family members, spouses, and dating partners including physical, sexual, and emotional violence, as well as controlling and abusive behaviors.

 

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