For Immediate Release - April 08, 2014

The Victims of Violence Program Receives Victim Service "Innovation" 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 notable advancements in victim rights and services in the state. The Victims of Violence (VOV) Program received this year’s “Innovations” award for their work in developing mental health services to assist crime victims and communities recover from violence.

Since 1985, the VOV program at the Cambridge Health Alliance has served as a clinical resource for victims of crime to promote their resilience and recovery from community violence. Since its inception, VOV has provided a wide range of services including clinical support/consultation, victim advocacy, public education campaigns, and is a valued training context for graduate and post-graduate clinical trainees for anti-violence research. VOV continues to engage Cambridge and surrounding communities in efforts to creatively address community violence such as their Violence Transformed art exhibit that is featured at the State House during Victims Right Month in April.   

“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.”

“If any program exemplifies the spirit of the “Innovations” award, it’s the VOV program,” said Liam Lowney, MOVA’s Executive Director. “VOV has established creative partnerships with diverse community agencies and groups to combat community violence and consistently strives to provide for effective treatment approaches for crime victims. We are honored to recognize the program’s years of dedicated and pioneering service in the Cambridge area through this award.”

For further information on the Victims of Violence Program, please visit their website at http://www.challiance.org or call (617) 665-1000. To learn more about Victim Rights Month activities or this year’s award recipients, please visit MOVA’s website www.mass.gov/mova or call (617) 586-1340.