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:

 

Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance Training Academy (MTA)

The Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) Training Academy (MTA) was developed to meet the emerging needs of direct service providers in the victim services field in Massachusetts. MOVA envisions this academy will unite criminal legal and community advocates across the Commonwealth and provide knowledge that supports trauma informed, culturally responsive, and equitable services that reflect the diverse communities they serve. As a result, the voices and experiences of victims and survivors will be further heard, valued, and amplified across systems.

The MTA application is now closed.

More information on both, including a detailed agenda and logistics, will be shared upon attendee acceptance to the training academy. Please feel free to reach out to mova@mass.gov if you have any questions pertaining to this training opportunity.

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.govReasonable 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.

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

Victim Rights Month (VRM) 2024

Join us this April to commemorate victim rights and services across the Commonwealth. The 2024 national theme is, 'How would you help? Options, services, and hope for crime survivors.' Throughout April, MOVA will host a virtual series of events that align with this theme, honor the Victim Rights Award recipients at the State House, and recognize advocates celebrating anniversaries of providing direct services. All updates and information will be shared on this webpage and across our social media accounts. Follow us @massmova to stay up to date. 
 

Upcoming VRM Webinars and Events

VOCA Bridge Awareness Day: Advocating for Options, Services, and Hope for Survivors

The Chair of the Victim and Witness Assistance Board, Attorney General Andrea Joy Campbell, alongside the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA), victim service providers, and allies kicked off Victim Rights Month 2024 with an event centered around advocacy and reflection. Learn about the history of victim services, hear inspiring stories from agencies and survivors, and advocate for VOCA Bridge funding to support high-quality services that are trauma-informed, culturally responsive, and reflective of diverse communities for all crime victims across Massachusetts.

View the Facebook Livestream


Speak The Voice in Me: Finding Life and Life-Giving Breath After Sexual Trauma

This training was presented by Melanie Barton, a survivor/advocate/forensic interviewer, and it is part of MOVA's 2024 Victim Rights Month commemoration.

View the Webinar Recording

Best Practices for Serving Survivors of Homicide Victims

This training will be presented by Heather Dabreu and Damaris Ortiz from the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. It is part of MOVA's 2024 Victim Rights Month commemoration.

View the Recording

Taunton Survivors' Collective: A Collaboration Centering BIPOC-identified Sexual Assault Survivors

This training will be presented by Christine Gaze from New Hope, Inc., April Funches from the Taunton Diversity Network, and Chastity Bowick from Collective Capacity Consulting. It is part of MOVA's 2024 Victim Rights Month commemoration.

View the Recording


A Multidisciplinary Response to Sexual Abuse: Understanding and Addressing the Needs of Sexual Abuse Survivors with a Disability

This training will be presented by Melissa Loth, Tiffany Goffer-Fitz, and Patty Quatieri, who are all part of the Sexual Assault Response (SAR) Team at the Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC). The training is part of MOVA's 2024 Victim Rights Month commemoration.

View the Recording 


Empowering Advocates: Unlocking the Potential of Extreme Risk Protection Orders in Victim Services

This training will be presented by Julie Bakoian from Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC), and it is part of MOVA's 2024 Victim Rights Month commemoration.

When: Tuesday, April 16, 2024 from 10:00- 11:15 a.m.

Where: via Zoom

Learn more and register for this event


The Critical Role of the Victim Advocate in the Journey from Victim to Survivor

This training will be presented by Christine Wolf, LICSW, author, and it is part of MOVA's 2024 Victim Rights Month commemoration.

When: Thursday, April 18, 2024 from 10:00- 11:15 a.m.

Where: via Zoom

Learn more and register for this event

Survivors of High Profile Tragedies & the Media: Filling a Critical Gap in Support

This training will be presented by David Guarino, Nicole Bresnahan, and Jason LeRocque from Survivors Say, and it is part of MOVA's 2024 Victim Rights Month commemoration.

When: Friday, April 26, 2024 from 1:00- 2:30 p.m.

Where: via Zoom

Learn more and register for this event

If you have any questions or to request a reasonable accommodation, including language access, 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.

Victim Rights Awards Ceremony 

Join us on April 23, 2024 from 1:00- 3:00 p.m. for the 2024 Victim Rights Awards Ceremony at the Massachusetts State House Grand Staircase. Each year, we honor individuals who have made notable contributions to advancing victim rights and services in Massachusetts. Congratulations to this year's awardees. We look forward to formally acknowledging our award recipients in April. 

2024 Award Recipients

Access to Justice Award

Amy Hamill, The Second Step

Kate Lagana, Suffolk County District Attorney's Office

Advocate of the Year

Anthia Elliott, Behavioral Health Network

Julie Devlin, Massachusetts Parole Board

Sheelah Gobar, Children's Advocacy Center of Suffolk County

Innovation Award

Jesse Moskowitz, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center

Gerard D. Downing Leadership Award

Ronit Barkai, Transition House

Legislator of the Year Award

Senator Adam Gomez, The Massachusetts Senate

Public Policy Advocacy Award

Shaquera Robinson, Shaquera’s Story Domestic Violence Consulting & Coaching, Inc.
 

Follow along on our social media accounts to learn more about these awardees leading up to the ceremony.

 

 

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