What We Do
We empower survivors of domestic violence to stay safe and achieve greater independence.
We do this by helping with logistics such as safe housing, food, clothing, medical support, court orders, legal help, therapy, and childcare — practical things survivors need to flourish.
But we also provide things that aren’t as visible.
We provide emotional support, empathy, and the space for survivors to tell their story.
Our staff — whom we call advocates — are allies.
They stand side by side with participants.
Many of our advocates are intimately familiar with the cycle of abuse.
They have either survived domestic violence or know someone who has. In many cases, both.
Our advocates work as a team.
They represent a diverse array of cultures and backgrounds and they all share one belief: that everyone has the right to live without fear of abuse.
All of our advocates are relentlessly positive.
They invested in treating all participants like equals.
No matter how a survivor finds us or where they are in the cycle of abuse, our number one goal is to make sure each survivor is believed and supported.
Director of Development
Margie A. Quinones-Ortiz
Director of Residential Services
Outreach & Education Coordinator
Manager of Direct Services
Grants Compliance Manager
Karen Boyle Cavanaugh
Executive Director (1999-2018)
Our Board of Directors
Brenda M. Bak
Mary A. Socha, Esq.
Maria M. Galano, PhD
Dana Dyer Hines
Jamal A. Lacy
Alianza is grateful for the generous support from the Department of Public Health, Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance, Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety, U.S. Department of Justice, Holyoke and Chicopee Community Development offices, United Way of Pioneer Valley, and the Diocese of Springfield. Alianza receives Title III/Older Americans Act funding from WestMass ElderCare allocated by the Administration of Community Living and the Mass. Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Alianza’s programs and services are partially supported by the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance through a Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA) grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
We also extend our thanks to the many foundations, corporations, and individuals who support us in our work on behalf of domestic violence survivors.