For Immediate Release - April 14, 2016

Patrice Provitola Receives Victim Service "Access to Justice Award" At State House

BOSTON – During Victim Rights Month in April, Attorney General Maura Healey and the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) recognize individuals and organizations that made significant advancements in victim rights and services in the state.  

Patrice Provitola of Saugus received this year’s “Access to Justice Award” for her 25 years of service working with and supporting crime victims, witnesses, and their families in the criminal justice system.

For 22 years, Ms. Provitola worked in the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office as a Victim Witness Advocate and eventually as Director of the Victim Witness Unit. She has worked with thousands of victims in both the District and Superior Courts and worked on high profile homicide cases such as the Michal McDermott and Neil Entwistle trials.

“Patrice has done incredible work providing critical services and compassionate care to victims of crime. We are proud to recognize her and all our recipients during Victim Rights Month for their tremendous commitment to helping some of the most vulnerable members of our communities,” said Attorney General Maura Healey.

In 2012, Ms. Provitola joined MOVA as Deputy Director where she oversaw statewide training efforts for Victim Witness Advocates in District Attorneys’ Offices and community-based programs throughout the state. Following the Boston Marathon bombings, Ms. Provitola helped develop and implement services for victims and their families as well as assisted the U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s Office during the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

“Patrice ensured the voice of each victim and survivor she met throughout her 25 years of service was at the forefront and heard,” said Liam Lowney, MOVA’s Executive Director.  “She is a dedicated advocate who always seeks a meaningful role for victims in each of the systems they encounter. Patrice’s continued dedication to training the next generation of victim advocates has inspired a community of professionals to continue this work with the same commitment. She is extremely deserving of this award.”

To learn more about Victim Rights Month and this year’s award recipients, please visit www.mass.gov/MOVA or call (617) 586-1340.