The Elizabeth Freeman Center (EFC) provides free, accessible and confidential services and leadership to those experiencing or affected by domestic abuse and sexual assault. EFC works to end the cycle of violence through community mobilization, advocacy, and education.
The EFC is now providing services remotely whenever possible, and is available to meet in person when necessary. The EFC offices are open for help with emergencies and closely follows DPH and CDC guidelines to keep survivors and staff safe. EFC's services include:
Emergency services – including shelter, food, transportation and safe phones.
Emergency shelter – we have a secure, home-like shelter or can find one if ours is full.
24/7 Hotline – for support, counseling, advocacy, shelter, or just to talk.
Response to hospitals or police stations – counselors available 24/7 to help those fleeing violence.
Safety planning – to help you be safer or to help you get to safety.
Counseling – free and confidential counseling in individual and group settings for support and to help you heal.
Advocacy – to help you get services you need, including income support, medical care, education and training, legal help, housing and protections so you can keep your job or stay in school.
Court advocates – staff in the Probate Court and in the district courts in North Adams and Great Barrington to help with restraining orders and other assistance.
Counselors working specifically with immigrants – counselors with special training and experience available for immigration issues.
LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer) Services – including LGBTQ counselors and support groups.
Supervised visitation program – with Berkshire County Sheriff’s Deputies, to keep children and survivors safe during visitations.
Pet foster care – a “SafePet” program with Berkshire Humane Society to provide foster care for pets.