Stacey Klein Verde, President
Denise Papagno, Secretary
Jennifer Faria, Treasurer
Jenny Ventura, Trustee
Janet Brown, Trustee
Staffed by a group of dedicated volunteers who live and work in the community, H.U.G.S. II is funded by grants and private donations. Identities of those who seek and receive assistance are held in the strictest confidence. Although our volunteers help in many different ways, they remain unaware of the names and addresses of residents who need support from our organization.
HUGS helps victims of domestic violence leave abusive environments and gives them the means to survive outside the relationship.
The first H.U.G.S. chapter was created by Officer Cunningham of the East Bridgewater Police Department in 1996. In 1998, we began a chapter in Easton, called H.U.G.S. II, to offer the residents of our community the same opportunities and assistance the program has brought to numerous families in the East Bridgewater area. The executive board members, Easton’s Family Violence Task Force and countless volunteers, are responsible for taking a stand against domestic violence by bringing H.U.G.S. to our community. In addition we have assisted the town of Sharon and Foxboro to established H.U.G.S. organization in those communities.
Abuse is a pattern of abusive behaviors from one person towards another, these behaviors are intended to have power and control over the other person. These abusive behaviors can be emotional, psychological, verbal, physical, sexual and financial. Victims of abuse can be children, parents, elderly, spouse or an intimate partner. Victims and batterers can be of any age, sex, race, culture, education, economic status, single or married, gay, lesbian or heterosexual. Although both men and women can be abused, most victims are women.
Children in homes where there is domestic violence are more likely to be abused and/or neglected. Most children in these homes know about the violence. Even if a child is not physically harmed, they may have emotional and behavior problems. They learn the behavior they see.