Abused Women Help Center

This project, based initially in Lebanon, aims to provide assistance for young women in distress as a result of battery, substance abuse, and sex crimes.

Our goal is to open centers that will help these women regain confidence and rebuild their physical, mental, and spiritual health, in order to allow them to rejoin society.

The program will also deal with literacy, teaching, creative, artistic and various trade skills, as well as other means of self-support."

Beit el-Hanane (Home of Tenderness, Maison de la tendresse)

Home of Tenderness is a non-profit, non-denominational (non-sectarian), non-discriminatory, charitable organization that deals with the problems of abused women in Lebanon. It promotes community awareness and education to break a cycle of violence and abuse; and it provides an environment of encouragement, compassion, and support for all who come in contact with it.

The project will be built in three phases:
  1. Housing / Accommodation with first aid and care available
  2. Rehabilitation, education, and reintegration of women into society
  3. Protective custody of condemned women
First Step: Housing / Accommodation

The apartment has now been found and is in the process of being bought. Beit el-Hanane will provide a temporary shelter where first-aid, medical, and psychological care will be given. There will be a nurse, a social worker, and a psychotherapist ready to consult, analyze, and find solutions. Food and care will be provided for a short period of time, until long-term solutions can be found and implemented. The apartment includes three bedrooms, a living area, a receiving section, a kitchen and dining room, as well as two big balconies (one of which can be closed and used as another living area). Additional upgrading will be furniture, appliances, a security system, a heating/cooling system, a telephone (hotlines)... and of course government registration fees, insurance, electricity, water...

As women seeking refuge are often without adequate help and protection, well-trained staff will be available: a licensed nurse, social worker, psychotherapist... Someone will be hired to live at the home on a permanent basis...

Thus far, we have several community leaders supporting the project: two judges (one female Christian, the other male Muslim), a doctor, a lawyer and many volunteers for the rest of the work...

Other services will be developed later on like referrals to shelters around us when appropriate, crisis outreach, education, support and protection of women and children in abusive homes, and other services...

There is an immediate and urgent need for volunteers to help us with all follow-up tasks. These individuals will tend to phones, initial interviewing of those seeking help, spiritual needs, general organization of the center, writing informative letters about the Beit El-Hanane's progress and activities, consulting and advising, and advertising and raising funds for all aspects of the Home. In this manner we hope to keep all costs down in order to ensure that each person in need will be sponsored.

Our Mission
  • Help physically and mentally abused women regardless of one's religion, sect, age, nationality, etc and to find safe and secure places for them after leaving Beit El-Hanane.
  • Help women addicted to intoxicating substances to be rehabilitated in order to become fully integrated in society.
  • Help women emotionally, psychologically, physically, and spiritually.
  • Help women improve their education and technical skills, and train them to find suitable jobs.
  • Help establish other similar centers.
The Working Board
Jacqueline HajjarPresident
Evelyne AccadVice President
Diana MarcelaWorking Committee
Sophia NehmeSecretary
Cecile DeebAccountant

Founding sisters: Jacqueline Hajjar and Evelyne Accad