For Immediate Release - April 08, 2014

Heidi Sue LeBoeuf of Pathways for Change Receives Victim Service "Access to Justice" Award at State House

BOSTON – During Victim Rights Month in April, Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Victim Witness Assistance Board, and the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant advancements in victim rights and services in the state. Heidi Sue LeBoeuf of Pathways for Change was this year’s recipient of the “Access to Justice” award for work and role in developing a 24-hour sexual assault hotline in central Massachusetts.  

As Director of Counseling at Pathways for Change, Ms. LeBoeuf works with survivors of sexual violence to support their recovery and well-being. She was a key stakeholder in developing a regional 24-hour rape crisis hotline in collaboration with three area Rape Crisis Centers (RCCs) that serve central Massachusetts. This collaborative effort ensures a qualified rape crisis counselor is available to victims at any time to provide information, assistance, and referrals to support services in their area. Ms. LeBoeuf continues to administer this hotline which is now considered a model hotline program for the state.   

“Victim Rights Month serves as an opportunity to recognize those who have one of the most important and lasting impacts on their communities,” AG Coakley said. “Each of the award recipients have demonstrated a long history of selflessly caring for others and we’re lucky to have each of them serving our fellow residents when they are most vulnerable and in need of compassion and honesty.”

“We are thrilled to present Heidi with this award for her role in providing 24/7 access to rape crisis services for rape and sexual assault survivors in central Massachusetts,” said Liam Lowney, MOVA’s Executive Director. “Equally as impressive is the cooperative network established among the providers who facilitate this hotline which is now considered a model program. We applaud Heidi and this network of providers for their work and for illustrating the significant impact that can result from collaborative efforts when assisting crime victims.”     

For information on the wide array of services provided by Pathways for Change, please visit http://centralmasspfc.org/ or call (800) 870-5905. To learn more about Victim Rights Month events or this year’s other award recipients, please visit MOVA’s website www.mass.gov/mova or call (617) 586-1340.