The Massachusetts Rural Domestic and Sexual Violence Project is a federally funded partnership between the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and three community based domestic and sexual violence agencies in rural Western Massachusetts (the New England Learning Center for Women in Transition (NELCWIT), the Center for Women and Community at the University of Massachusetts and the Elizabeth Freeman Center) and Jane Doe Inc., the state’s domestic and sexual violence coalition. Additional partners include the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, the Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office, the Franklin County Community Health Center and the Governor’s Council Addressing Sexual and Domestic Violence.

The Project provides comprehensive, accessible counseling and advocacy to adult and adolescent survivors of  domestic and dating violence and their children as well as extensive domestic and sexual violence community education, community engagement and outreach to the public in 84 rural jurisdictions in Berkshire, Franklin,  Hampshire, Hampden and Worcester Counties. The Project works with numerous community programs and coalitions to support a strong collaborative rural network assisting rural domestic and sexual violence survivors,  maintains accessible satellite offices in rural communities and implements innovative violence prevention trainings, initiatives and policies that aim to improve the systemic response to this violence  in these communities.

Contact Amy Waldman (413) 586-7525 or Amy.Waldman@state.ma.us.

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This information is provided by the Violence Prevention and Intervention Services within the Department of Public Health.