The MDAA's Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Program provides training and resources for prosecutors, victim-witness advocates and law enforcement officers throughout the Commonwealth who are responsible for domestic violence and sexual assault cases.

Some of the services that MDAA provides through this program are:

  • Annual Conference on Sexually Dangerous Persons. This conference is attended by prosecutors, advocates, mental health professionals, corrections officials, and professionals from the Parole Board and Sex Offender Registry Board.
  • Annual Victim-Witness Advocate Conference. This is the only statewide training exclusively for advocates who work for the District Attorneys, and it is co-sponsored by MDAA and the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance.
  • Advanced Evidence Skills. An intensive three-day training for mid-level prosecutors and defenders, this unique event is co-sponsored by MDAA, Suffolk University Law School and the Committee for Public Counsel Services.
  • Sum & Substance Series. These are focused, topic-specific trainings delivered on-site in the DAs' offices.
  • Through this program, MDAA also develops and tracks legislation on sexual assault and domestic violence, electronically disseminates summaries of relevant cases to prosecutors and police across the state, provides extensive training materials to prosecutors and advocates, and acts as the District Attorneys' liaison to MOVA, Jane Doe Inc., the SANE Program, and other entities who service victims of domestic and sexual violence.

This program is funded through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security by a Violence Against Women Act S.T.O.P. grant awarded by the Violence Against Women Grant Office, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.