Victim Services, Resources, and Training

Established in 1984 with the enactment of the Commonwealth's first Victim Bill of Rights, MOVA strives to ensure access to equitable services across the Commonwealth.

MOVA provides assistance to crime victims and connects them with local providers available to assist them. Further, MOVA provides training opportunities for service providers to ensure those who work with victims and survivors are compassionate, informed, and are able to collaborate with one another to meet victim and survivor needs.

If you are looking for local victim services or support, please visit our AskMOVA website (www.mass.gov/askmova). You can find services by crime type and/or location on AskMOVA.

To be kept informed about updates from MOVA, please join our email distribution list by sending your name and email address to mova@mass.gov and asking to be added to the general listserv. We never share contact information.

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SAFEPLAN Programs

Safety Assistance For Every Person Leaving Abuse Now

SAFEPLAN is MOVA’s statewide court-based program that provides specially trained advocates to help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking who are seeking protection from abuse. SAFEPLAN currently serves 53 district and probate courts throughout the state. SAFEPLAN Advocates are employed by 15 local community-based domestic violence and sexual assault agencies in the following counties:

 

The Massachusetts Victim Assistance Academy (MVAA)

At this time, we are reworking the format, structure, and content for the MVAA and plan to relaunch the training in 2023. Stay tuned for more information. If you have questions, please contact MOVA@mass.gov.

Victim Rights Month (VRM)

Victim Rights Month 2023 planning is underway. To be kept informed about Victim Rights Month updates, please join our email distribution list by sending your name and email address to MOVA@mass.gov and asking to be added to the general listserv. We never share contact information.

Victim Rights Awards

The 2023 Victim Rights Awards Ceremony will be held in person at the Massachusetts State House on Monday, April 24, 2023 from 1:00PM -3:00PM. We are looking forward to being back together in person to celebrate victim rights and services across the state.

Victim Rights Awards recognize individuals for their notable contributions to victim rights and services in Massachusetts. If you would like to nominate someone for a Victim Rights Award, visit the link below. The award categories and their descriptions can be found at the beginning of the form.

Victim Rights Award Nomination Form

Nominations are due by 5:00PM on Friday, January 13, 2023.

If you have any questions or would like an alternate form of this document, please email MOVA@mass.gov.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

MOVA hosts a variety of training opportunities via Zoom throughout the year. We are currently working to build out our 2023 training calendar. Check back here to see what is in store for 2023. 

Let us know what future training opportunities you would be interested in.

Downloadable Resources

Victim Bill of Rights Brochures

SAFEPLAN Brochures

Safety planning during COVID-19

 

To request an alternate form of these documents, including a document in another language, contact mova@mass.gov

 

 

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