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:
|Berkshire||Elizabeth Freeman Center|
Stanley Street Treatment and Resources
Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC)
|Hampshire||YWCA of Western MA|
Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance Training Academy (MTA)
Over the last year, MOVA has been working on rebranding the Massachusetts Victim Assistance Academy (MVAA) to be inclusive of a hybrid format and the emerging needs of direct service providers in the victim services field. We are pleased to announce the development of the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) Training Academy (MTA). This training academy is specialized for individuals who provide direct services to crime victims and survivors. It is our intent that the training will strengthen collaborative relationships within the field and build skills to ensure effective advocacy for victims and survivors. We are launching a pilot of the training for our currently funded programs and criminal legal direct service providers in the summer of 2023 and hope to be able to open it up to a more broad audience next year after assessing the outcomes and feedback.
Victim Rights Month (VRM)
Victim Rights Month has come to an end and we are so grateful to the victim services community for joining us throughout April. On April 24th, MOVA hosted the Victim Rights Awards Ceremony where we honored nine awardees for their notable contributions in supporting victims and survivors across Massachusetts. These individuals work tirelessly to ensure survivors are supported and their voices are centered in our work.
Thank you to the community of providers, elected officials, legislators, survivors, and allies who joined us to congratulate awardees and reflect on the strides Massachusetts has made toward ensuring victims and survivors have access to the resources, services, and support they deserve.
2023 Victim Rights Award Recipients
Upcoming Training Opportunities
MOVA hosts a variety of training opportunities, mostly via Zoom, throughout the year. All upcoming training opportunities will be posted here. Please note that registration is required for all trainings and events.
If you have any questions or to request a reasonable accommodation, including language access, for any of our virtual convenings, please contact MOVA at MOVA@mass.gov. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request with reasonable advance notice. All accommodation requests must be received at least two weeks in advance of the session. Requests will be handled based upon the availability of service(s) and updates will be provided as we work to secure your request.
Let us know what future training opportunities you would be interested in.
Victim Bill of Rights Brochures
Safety planning during COVID-19
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