WAAV members spent part of their monthly meeting judging the Galvin 8th grade poster contest submissions. The posters focused on healthy relationships, cycles of dating abuse, and resources available to young people.

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Meet our new President, Joie Gerrish.“I have been a resident of Wakefield my entire life. I attended Greenwood School as a youngster, Atwell Junior High as a tween, and Wakefield High School Grades 9-12, as did my children. I have been an active citizen in many aspects of our community over the years. Two of my most profound opportunities to volunteer have enriched my life and I hope those of the lives I've touched. In 2002 I joined the Wakefield Adult Mentor program (WAM) serving at all levels at our local school system and the NE Voke. To this day I still "mentor” and am a "Big Sister" to Sophia whom I met as a second-grade student at the Dolbeare School 9 years ago. She will graduate from Lynnfield HS next June with honors. There are amazing back stories to this journey. In 2008 Bob and Merry Eldridge encouraged me to join them in the WAAV program. Having grown up in a dysfunctional family atmosphere, I was interested in learning more about how to help those in the similar circumstances. WAAV seemed like a great opportunity to do so. And here I am now, President of WAAV for the next two years, leading with a much deeper understanding and knowledge of the importance of providing help, resources, and encouragement to those experiencing and or living in unhealthy relationships. No one deserves to live with violence, abuse, or fear. This being exactly what we at WAAV strive to diminish.” ... See MoreSee Less
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Thanks to all our supporters and members who were able to attend today’s meeting. The slate of Officers for the 2022-2024 term are:President: Joie GerrishVice President: Jean YentileTreasurer: Merry EldridgeSecretary: Sue Scofield Corresponding Secretary: Stefanie Alpert We look forward to introducing our members each week on social media so the community can get to know us better! ... See MoreSee Less
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So great seeing everyone at the Festival by the Lake this past weekend 💙💚 ... See MoreSee Less
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Our Annual Meeting will be held at the Lakeside Inn on North Avenue June 15th @ 8:30 am. Light refreshments will be available to enjoy. All are welcome. Please RSVP by June 10th at 5pm if you will be able to attend to [email protected] Zoom will not be available for this meeting.The meeting will begin at 9:00 sharp when we will vote on the Slate of Nominees that have been chosen by the nominating committee for the 2022-2024 term. ... See MoreSee Less
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We would like to thank the Wakefield Co-operative Bank for their on-going support. In June of 2019 WAAV was chosen as the local non-profit to receive a contribution from mortgages closed through the Co-op’s Everyday Hero’s Program (for first responders, educators, and military). Thank you!! Wakefield Co-operative Bankwww.wakefieldcoop.com/WELCOME ... See MoreSee Less
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Wakefield Alliance Against Violence


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.

Events & Current Projects

The White Ribbon Campaign is a global movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and all gender based violence. We can’t wait to share!

Members & Supporters

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

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.

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.

Mission and Goals

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.
Establish a collaborative, sustainable community partnership that coordinates and leverages violence prevention resources.

Contact Us

Get in touch with the form below. For emergencies call 911 or visit your nearest hospital