Victim Advocacy and Assistance
One of MOVA’s most important functions is to provide direct assistance to victims of crime. When a crime is committed, victims and their families are often traumatized, confused and uncertain about where to turn for help. To help alleviate these burdens, the MOVA staff offers crisis intervention, referrals to appropriate programs and service providers, and information and advocacy to help victims better understand the criminal justice system. We can also connect victims to support groups in their communities so they can talk with others who understand what they are going through. Victims can receive assistance through our MOVA's Service Programs, the SAFEPLAN Program and our Victim Services Coordinator.
MOVA's Funded Agency Resource Guide
The Aftermath of Crime Guidebook
In the Aftermath of Crime: A Guide to Victim Rights and Services in Massachusetts provides crucial information for victims and their advocates designed to guide victims through the mental health and legal impact of crime.
Representing Victims of Human Trafficking in Massachusetts: A Guide for Attorneys
Representing Human Trafficking Victims in Massachusetts: A Guide for Attorneys was created in partnership by WilmerHale, Lutheran Social Services and BU School of Law. This Guide provides attorneys with a general overview of human trafficking law in Massachusetts in an effort to help attorneys identify victims of human trafficking and determine how to meet their legal and non-legal needs. It provides attorneys with a foundation concerning federal and state law and refers them to more comprehensive resources, where appropriate. To access the guide, please click here.