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Homicide Bereavement Services

MOVA supports free services throughout Massachusetts to help survivors of murder/homicide. These services provide a range of options to support an individual’s needs.

Below you can find local homicide bereavement services. You can either search by zip code or city/town or find help in a specific Massachusetts county. If it is an emergency call 911.


The Disaster Distress Helpline provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress.
1-800-985-5990; for Spanish press 2
TTY 1-800-846-8517
Text "TalkWithUs" to 66746; for Spanish text "Hablanos" to 66746
Visit DisasterDistress.samhsa.gov

If you, a family member, or a loved one has been the victim of a violent crime, you can fill out an application with the Victim Compensation and Assistance Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office. They are able to provide financial assistance to eligible victims of violent crime for uninsured medical and dental care, mental health counseling, funeral and burial costs, and income lost due to the inability to work.
www.mass.gov/massachusetts-victims-of-violent-crime-compensation
617-727-2200 x2160

If you are a Deaf or Hard of Hearing survivor of homicide, help is available.
-The Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) provides services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing victims of crime.
617-740-1600
TTY 617-740-1700
VP 617-326-7546
Contact MCDHH online at mass.gov/mcdhh
-The National Deaf Hotline has advocates available 24/7 for crisis intervention, education, and referrals for Deaf survivors.
855-812-1001
hotline@adwas.org
Chat online at thedeafhotline.org

The Garden of Peace is the Massachusetts memorial to victims of homicide. If you have lost a loved one to murder/homicide and would like to add their name to the Garden, please submit an application for engraving on the Garden's website: mass.gov/gardenofpeace.

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