• MOVA Releases Feedback from 2016 Stakeholder Meetings

    MOVA is pleased to release findings from our Victim Services Needs Assessment Stakeholder Meetings. These regional focus groups were informed by local survivors, government and non-profit providers, criminal justice officials and others. To better serve crime victims and their families we identified information such as:  

    • Funding gaps
    • Underserved and vulnerable populations
    • Training needs
    • Best practices

    To learn more,  read our findings from the Victim Services Needs Assessment Stakeholder Meetings pdf format of Feedback from 2016 Stakeholder Meetings

    Although the victim rights movement has made incredible strides over the past 30 years, there is always room for growth and improvement given the dynamic nature of our work.  MOVA is grateful to those who participated in these meetings to guide our collective efforts to meet the needs of survivors in the days ahead.   

  • MOVA Releases Victim Services Training Grant

    The Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) is pleased to announce the release of the 2017 Victim Services Training Grant. For more information on the training grant, or how to apply please click here: News & Updates: MOVA Releases Service Training Grant .

  • Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance 2014 Needs Assessment

    Over the past year, MOVA and ICF International conducted a statewide needs assessment with survivors and victim service providers.  We engaged in this process to inform MOVA’s 2016 Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) procurement and funding decisions.  I wish to share the final report that details the range of victim services currently available and identifies service gaps, training needs, funding requirements, and emerging trends in the state.  We continue to use this report to guide our many other efforts including trainings, policy development and advocacy, and establishing better collaborations among stakeholders to improve the delivery and impact of victim services throughout the Commonwealth.


    We are grateful to ICF International and all the participants who helped generate this comprehensive assessment.  The survivor and provider feedback included is essential to ensure we are informed to effectively address the evolving needs of crime victims and survivors.  MOVA is committed to future assessments to successfully address service gaps, eliminate barriers to accessing services, and support best practices amongst the professionals working in the victim rights field.  We hope this information is helpful to you and your community in your work.  We look forward to working with you and our diverse constituency of survivors, service providers, legislators, criminal justice personnel, and others to continue advancing the victim rights movement in Massachusetts to promote effective and collaborative service delivery for all those impacted by crime.

    Thank you.

    Liam T. Lowney

    Executive Director

    Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance 

    To view the 2014 Needs Assessment document click here: MOVA 2014 Needs Assessment  pdf format of MOVA 2014 Needs Assessment