The Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) provides a means by which victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking may use a confidential address in order to stay safe from actual or threatened violence. Find out how ACP works, how to apply to become a certified program participant, how to locate an application assistant to initiate the application, and more.
The Massachusetts Office for Victims Assistance (MOVA) offers victims of crimes and their families referrals to appropriate programs and service providers; information and advocacy to help them better understand the justice system; and connections to support groups and essential programs within their community. Browse the MOVA Help Directory to find hotlines, community programs, shelters, legal help, and other resources that provide help and support. And learn about the Victim Compensation and Assistance program.
Physical abuse. Emotional abuse. Neglect. Some signs of child abuse are subtler than others. However, by learning common types of abuse and what you can do to stop it, you can make a huge difference in a child's life.
Follow these safety tips if you are living with an abuser and think you are in danger and may be monitored while using your home computer.
Sexual violence is a public health crisis in much of the world. If you or someone you know is the victim of sexual violence, contact one of the 17 Rape Crisis Centers in our state. These Rape Crisis Centers offer free services for adolescent and adult sexual assault survivors - and for the people who care for them. Each Center has a TTY line for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, and a Spanish-language hotline is also available. Find out where the nearest Rape Crisis Center is.
If you or a family member have been a victim of violent crime, try contacting these national and state resources for assistance. Child protection and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victim services are also available.
If you believe that a friend or loved one may be experiencing abuse, there are some signs to look for and ways to help. Find out what the warning signs are, what exactly domestic violence and sexual assault involve, what a victim's rights are, various organizations you can turn to for help, and more.
Using this Help Directory, victims of crime, their families, and the professionals who serve them can find resources to help them.
If you are a victim of a juvenile offender you have the right to be notified and be present at any court hearing regarding your case. Learn about other services and assistance programs you may be eligible for.