Agency spotlight: Elizabeth Freeman Center
Who we are
Elizabeth Freeman Center provides life saving, life renewing help to survivors of domestic and sexual violence and to their families. We offer free and confidential counseling, shelter, legal advocacy, safety planning, teen dating violence prevention education, a 24/7 hotline and much more.
EFC represents the merger of two grass roots organizations: Women Services Center, which incorporated in 1974 to address domestic violence; and Rape Crisis Center, which incorporated in 1976 to address sexual assault. These two organizations combined in 1997 and adopted the name “Elizabeth Freeman Center,” in honor of a local hero who was born into slavery and successfully sued for her freedom. In 39 years, we’ve grown from small groups of dedicated volunteers working out of their cars and homes to become a county-wide presence with an array of services. We now have offices in North Adams, Pittsfield and Great Barrington with staff also sited in two police stations, three courts and Berkshire County Kids’ Place.
Elizabeth Freeman Center offers hope, help, and healing to all experiencing or affected by domestic and sexual violence through free, accessible, and confidential services in Berkshire County. We work to end the cycle of violence through community mobilization, advocacy, and education. Promoting social justice and working to end all forms of oppression are essential to our work.
Elizabeth Freeman Center
With offices in Pittsfield, North Adams, and Great Barrington
Berkshire County, Massachusetts