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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 during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit our AskMOVA page at You can find services by crime type and/or location on AskMOVA.

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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 working toward transitioning the 2021 MVAA to a virtual experience. More information pertaining to the academy will be added here in the coming weeks. Stay tuned! 

If you have questions, please contact

Victim Rights Month (VRM)

MOVA will host a month-long celebration of victim rights and services in Massachusetts throughout April. Over the course of the month, we will offer virtual training opportunities, honor last year's Victim Rights Award recipients, and recognize advocates who are celebrating anniversaries of providing direct services. 

Click here to learn more about and register for our VRM workshops.

Awards Ceremony

Last year's Victim Rights Award recipients will be honored throughout the month of April on our social media outlets. Follow @massmova on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to join us in commemorating the 2020 award recipients.

Congratulations to the 2020 Victim Rights Month award recipients. 

Gerard D. Downing Leadership Award
Courtney Cahill, Bristol County District Attorney's Office

Legislator of the Year Award
Representative Marjorie Decker, Massachusetts House of Representatives

Public Policy Advocacy Award
Corrinna Martin, Mothers of Victim Equality

Future Leaders Award
Lauren Souza, Fitchburg State University

Access to Justice Award
Every Voice Coalition

Innovation Award
Elizabeth Speakman, City of Cambridge and
Louis D. Brown and the City of Boston

Advocate of the Year
Tina Simmons, Hampden County District Attorney's Office and
Josephine Powell, Elizabeth Freeman Center

Corporate Leadership Award
Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center

Special Recognition Award
Audrey Morrissey, My Life My Choice

Upcoming Training Opportunities

MOVA hosts a variety of training opportunities via Zoom throughout the year.

For information pertaining to Victim Rights Month events, visit the "Victim Rights Month (VRM)" tab in the table of contents on this web page. 

Please note that registration is required for all trainings and events, and you must register for each event you'd like to attend.

If you have any questions or to request a reasonable accommodation for any of our virtual convenings, please contact MOVA at


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