For Immediate Release - October 22, 2013

AG Coakley, MOVA Acknowledge October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

BOSTON - Attorney General Martha Coakley and the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) are honored to acknowledge October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month along with our partner agencies that serve victims of domestic violence in communities throughout Massachusetts.

“Domestic violence does not discriminate and affects people of all walks of life,” said AG Coakley. “We will continue working together in our efforts to prevent this abuse from happening, and to help those affected by domestic violence get the assistance and support they need.”

“Addressing the impact of domestic violence on victims and families and working towards prevention takes a collaborative response from both government and community based programs”, said Liam Lowney, Executive Director of MOVA. “The victim advocates MOVA funds through SAFEPLAN and the agencies they represent are essential partners in serving the needs of individual victims while working towards an end to violence.”

MOVA funds government and community based agencies across the state that offer a range of services to domestic violence victims and their families including a 24-hour emergency hotline, crisis counseling, advocacy services, legal representation, trauma and therapy services, emergency and transitional housing assistance, as well as preventative trainings and community education initiatives.

Many of these agencies recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month by hosting events and fundraisers to engage the communities they serve to raise awareness and support of these life saving services and, most importantly, work toward solutions to combat this critical public health issue. 

To find out how you can get involved in Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities in your area, please visit MOVA’s website at, by following MOVA on Twitter (@MassMOVA) or Facebook (, or by calling 617-586-1340. 


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