BWR: Through its History

Named the Montachusett Taskforce on Battered Women, the agency was founded by twelve local businesswomen whom recognized women in abusive relationships needed a place for help.

The agency adopted the name Battered Women’s Resources, Inc (BWRI).

In the fall of 2005, BWRI was awarded a grant from the Verizon Foundation to complete a strategic plan. The results indicated the need to strengthen and expand critical programs available to victims of domestic violence and their families over the next five years.

The Board of Directors of BWRI unanimously voted to merge with the YWCA Central Massachusetts. The Executive Director of BWRI was quoted as saying “The merger of these two agencies creates the largest women’s advocacy and resource center in central Massachusetts and brings a solid regional focus to the issues facing women and their families in the central area, including domestic violence.”

To reflect its status as a program of the YWCA Central Massachusetts, BWRI changed its name to Battered Women’s Resources (BWR), dropping the ‘I’ for incorporated.

Our Vision: BWR envisions an ideal world of nonviolence and equality where women and children live in peace.

Our Mission: BWR is dedicated to creating a community free from domestic violence through education, intervention and prevention.

Our Guiding Principles: Non-violence, integrity, respect, cooperation, perseverance and dignity for all people.


Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

The YWCA’s Domestic Violence programs service areas include Greater Worcester and North Central Massachusetts. All services are free of charge and confidential.

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