Listen. Believe.
Support.

This is what we do.
This is who we are.

Safety is a human right, and every person deserves to live free from domestic violence.

Alianza assists, supports, and empowers those whose lives are affected by battering and abuse. We believe that victims and survivors of domestic violence deserve respect and can make their own choices. Our staff — whom we call advocates — offers a high level of emotional support for independent decision-making.

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All of our services are free and confidential.

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
and 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. 

We see you.
We hear you.
We believe you.

Our services are free and confidential.

Bilingual/bicultural services available.

Our advocates speak English, Spanish and Russian. 

Who We Are

Founded in 1980 as a grassroots collective, Alianza has sheltered more than 10,000 women and children and assisted 22,000 others through community-based support programs. Annually, we shelter approximately 80 to 100 women and 140 children.

We hire diverse staff from a range of backgrounds. We train them to be good listeners, strong allies, and more informed champions of the cause.

We have made great strides to create a culture where people are encouraged to speak up, participate, and develop their own leadership within the organization.

At Alianza, we stand together, side by side, to disrupt the cycle of domestic violence. 

Our Staff

Carmen Nieves

Executive Director

Carmen Nieves has held numerous key roles within Alianza (formerly Womanshelter /Compañeras) and became Executive Director after serving as a program leader for more than 20 years. She brings a wealth of experience in domestic violence services, innovative models for program development, and community education and collaboration. Recognized in Holyoke, and across the state of Massachusetts as a champion for survivors of domestic violence, Carmen has served on numerous domestic violence advisory committees and is well-known as a bilingual domestic/intimate partner violence trainer.

Pamela Barnes

Director of Development

Margie A. Quinones-Ortiz

Office Manager

Drew Warner

Grants Compliance Manager

Alhagie Camara

Business Manager

Seneida Torres

Outreach Coordinator

Julia Zegarra

Communications Coordinator

Joecelyn Martinez

Manager, Direct Services

Ivette Hernandez

Director of Residential Services

IN REMEMBERENCE

Karen Boyle Cavanaugh

Executive Director (1999-2018)

With over forty years of experience, Alianza is an informed voice in the field of domestic violence.

We work with our peers, colleagues, and survivors across the state and the country to forward our understanding of how to interrupt the systemic cycle of abuse.

Speaker series video coming soon.

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.

We also extend our thanks to the many foundations, corporations, and individuals who support us in our work on behalf of domestic violence survivors.

Our Board of Directors

Brenda M. Bak

President

Rebecca Ramah

Treasurer

Mary A. Socha, Esq.

Clerk

Danielle Beckford

Denise Duguay

Alan Fletcher

Jamal A. Lacy

Marie Nathan

Michelle Segura

Virginia Wells

About

Listen. Believe. Support.

This is what we do. This is who we are.

Safety is a human right, and every person deserves to live free from domestic violence.

Alianza assists, supports, and empowers those whose lives are affected by battering and abuse. We believe that victims and survivors of domestic violence deserve respect and can make their own choices. Our staff — whom we call advocates — offers a high level of emotional support for independent decision-making.

Asset 2@3x-8

All of our services are free and confidential.

Call our 24-hour hotline: 1-877-536-1628

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
and 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. 

We see you.
We hear you.
We believe you.

Our services are free and confidential.

Bilingual/bicultural services available.

Our advocates speak English, Spanish and Russian. 

Who We Are

Founded in 1980 as a grassroots collective, Alianza has sheltered more than 10,000 women and children and assisted 22,000 others through community-based support programs. Annually, we shelter approximately 80 to 100 women and 140 children.

We hire diverse staff from a range of backgrounds. We train them to be good listeners, strong allies, and more informed champions of the cause.

We have made great strides to create a culture where people are encouraged to speak up, participate, and develop their own leadership within the organization.

At Alianza, we stand together, side by side, to disrupt the cycle of domestic violence. 

Our Staff

Carmen Nieves

Executive Director

Carmen Nieves has held numerous key roles within Alianza (formerly Womanshelter /Compañeras) and became Executive Director after serving as a program leader for more than 20 years. She brings a wealth of experience in domestic violence services, innovative models for program development, and community education and collaboration. Recognized in Holyoke, and across the state of Massachusetts as a champion for survivors of domestic violence, Carmen has served on numerous domestic violence advisory committees and is well-known as a bilingual domestic/intimate partner violence trainer.

Pamela Barnes

Director of Development

Margie A. Quinones-Ortiz

Office Manager

Drew Warner

Grants Compliance Manager

Alhagie Camara

Business Manager

Seneida Torres

Outreach Coordinator

Julia Zegarra

Communications Coordinator

Joecelyn Martinez

Co-Manager, Direct Services

Luz Vega

Co-Manager, Direct Services

IN REMEMBERENCE

Karen Boyle Cavanaugh

Executive Director (1999-2018)

With over forty years of experience, Alianza is an informed voice in the field of domestic violence.

We work with our peers, colleagues, and survivors across the state and the country to forward our understanding of how to interrupt the systemic cycle of abuse.

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, Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts Office of Elder Affairs, Administration of Community Living, and WestMass Eldercare.

We also extend our thanks to the many foundations, corporations, and individuals who support us in our work on behalf of domestic violence survivors.

Our Board of Directors

Brenda M. Bak

President

Rebecca Ramah

Treasurer

Mary A. Socha, Esq.

Clerk

Danielle Beckford

Denise Duguay

Alan Fletcher

Jamal A. Lacy

Marie Nathan

Michelle Segura

Virginia Wells