• SAFEPLAN is MOVA’s statewide, court-based program that provides specially trained and certified advocates to help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking who are seeking protection from abuse. SAFEPLAN Advocates are employed by local community-based domestic violence and sexual assault agencies located in district and probate courts across the state.

    • SAFEPLAN Advocates help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking plan for their safety and obtain 209A restraining orders, (also called protective orders), and/or 258E harassment prevention orders (HPO) from the court.
    • SAFEPLAN Advocates also provide referrals to local support services, information on legal and safety options and accompany victims to court proceedings. 

    Any agency interested in applying for SAFEPLAN funding should email MOVA to determine their eligibility and the availability of funds. 

Program Guidelines

Read the complete SAFEPLAN Policies and Procedures Manual pdf format of SAFEPLAN Policies and Procedures Manual
, and view the current list of SAFEPLAN Funded Programs . Please visit the SAFEPLAN FAQ page for frequently asked questions pertaining to the program and its services.

FY2015 SAFEPLAN Program Funding Awards

MOVA announces FY2015 funding awards for the SAFEPLAN Program, approved by the Victim Witness Assistance Board on May 21, 2014.  The following agencies have been awarded funds to provide SAFEPLAN services July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015.

FY2015 SAFEPLAN Awards pdf format of FY2015 SAFEPLAN Awards

Information for SAFEPLAN Program Grantees

FY2014 SAFEPLAN Awards pdf format of FY14 SAFEPLAN Awards

The following are applicable forms for SAFEPLAN grantees:

For FY2014 statistical forms, please contact the Senior Grants Program Specialist at 617-586-1340 or email.

MOVA Intends to Release 2016 Request for Grant Applications (RGA) for SAFEPLAN Advocacy Services

On or about Wednesday December 3, 2014, the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) intends to release the 2016 Request for Grant Applications (RGA) for SAFEPLAN Advocacy services.  Applications must be delivered to MOVA no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday February 5, 2015.            

The purpose of this procurement is to seek qualified applicants interested in providing civil court advocacy to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking through the SAFEPLAN Program.   Currently, SAFEPLAN exists in 44 district and probate and family courts throughout Barnstable, Berkshire, Bristol, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Plymouth, and Worcester Counties.

Qualified applicants who are interested in applying for SAFEPLAN funding must operate as a non-profit organization that meets the requirements of a “domestic violence victims’ program” as described in M.G.L. c. 233 § 20K, and has a record of providing direct service to victims of domestic violence.  The applicant must have the approval and support of their agency’s Board of Directors in applying for SAFEPLAN funding.  SAFEPLAN services will not be expanding beyond existing staffing levels, existing courts, and/or existing host agencies.  A full listing of identified courts and SAFEPLAN host agencies can be found on www.mass.gov/mova.  

The award period for this grant is state fiscal year 2016, July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016, with an option to renew for two additional years.  The fiscal year 2017 and fiscal year 2018 funding will be obligated separately prior to the beginning of each fiscal year via a renewal process.

SAFEPLAN FY2016 Timeline
December 3, 2014            Anticipated Date, Release of Request for Grant Applications
December 31, 2014           Intent to Apply Form Due 5:00pm
January, 2015                    Non-mandatory SAFEPLAN Bidders’ Conference TBA
January 16, 2015               Deadline to submit written questions regarding RGA
        Answers to questions will be posted on or before January 22, 2015
February 5, 2015               Grant Submission Deadline 5:00 p.m.
May 13, 2015                    Pending Victim and Witness Assistance Board Meeting: Vote on SAFEPLAN awards
July 1, 2015                       Start date for first year grant
June 30, 2016                    End date for first year grant

Note:  Timeline is subject to change at the discretion of MOVA and/or the Victim and Witness Assistance Board.

For further information, please contact the Procurement Team Leader at kristen.tavano@state.ma.us.