You are not alone
No one deserves to be abused or assaulted. No matter what you have been told, what happened to you is not your fault.
Whether this experience happened recently or in the past, you can call a rape crisis center or a domestic violence program to get the support you need.
Each individual program offers a range of services which may include: support groups, counseling, hospital/medical advocacy, assistance in navigating courts, child welfare, immigration, and other systems, and more. Trained advocates are there to provide support, help connect you with resources, and respect your decisions without judgement.
COVID-19/ CORONAVIRUS RELATED ANNOUNCEMENT
Sexual and domestic violence organizations continue to offer the full range of services and are working diligently to respond to all inquiries and requests either in-person or remotely.
Please continue to reach out to an advocate to talk about your situation and discuss your options.
Do you need to find services near you?
Click on the Search Box below to search for service providers in your area.
You can search by city/town, zip code, by selecting more specific criteria such as Program Type, specific services, and organization name. Use this link to connect with JDI’s list of programs in Massachusetts: https://jdi.coalitionmanager.org/contactmanager/contact/publicdirectory
All sexual and domestic violence providers in Massachusetts programs must not discriminate based on ethnicity, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital or partner status, age, disability including substance abuse, economic or educational status, religion, HIV/AIDS or other physical health status, mental health status, immigration status or residency, including county, state or country of origin.
Here are three other ways to find a sexual assault or domestic violence program in Massachusetts:
1. Download JDI’s MASSACHUSETTS MAP for hotline and office numbers for sexual and domestic violence services located throughout Massachusetts.
2. Call or chat SafeLink: 1-877-785-2020.
Use Mass Relay to connect if you are Deaf or hard of hearing.
The statewide domestic violence hotline is open 24-hours a day every day. You can talk to someone and be connected with a local sexual assault or domestic violence program.
SafeLink is free, confidential and multi-lingual.
3. You can also choose to contact the police by calling call 9-1-1.
Choosing to contact the police to report a sexual assault or incident of domestic violence does not require you to file charges or testify in court.
A community-based sexual or domestic violence advocate can help you sort out this option.
Resources within Massachusetts
Rape Crisis Centers (sexual assault programs) hotlines and services – click here
Intimate Partner Abuse Education Program – click here
Call for Change Helpline (for people who are at risk of using abuse and control in their intimate partnerships; and for family and friends) – click here
Children Exposed to Domestic Violence – click here
Supervised Visitation – click here
Civil legal needs for survivors of sexual assault and rape – Victim Rights Law Center
The following hospitals and health care institutions in Massachusetts have internal sexual assault and/or domestic violence services for their patients and communities they serve:
- AWAKE at Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston
- Community Advocacy Program at Boston area community health centers
- Domestic Violence Program at Boston Medical Center
- Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery at Beth Israel Medical Deaconess Center
- The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program at Newton-Wellesley Hospital
- HAVEN at Massachusetts General Hospital
- Passageway at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Brigham/Faulkner Hospital
- Violence Recovery Program at Fenway Health (Cape Cod, Western Mass and Boston)
- Victim Resource Center at Cambridge Health Alliance
Resources outside of Massachusetts and the United States
National Domestic Violence Hotline
https://www.thehotline.org/help/ (chat or call)
The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides referral for people experiencing abuse as well as for those who may be causing harm to others. So if you are concerned about your safety or how you are treating people in your life, please call or chat today.
Love Is Respect
Text: loveis to 22522
Chat Online and Website: www.loveisrespect.org
Love is Respect is a national resource to disrupt and prevent unhealthy relationships and intimate partner violence by empowering young people through inclusive and equitable education, support, and resources.
Pathways to Safety International (formerly Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center)
Cultural and Community-Specific Resources
There are other resources and protections in place to assist survivors as they move towards independence and healing. Click here to learn more about using technology safely, how to obtain a confidential address, additional legal protections as well as health care resources.
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