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)

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. 

Stay tuned! 

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. 
 

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

Special Recognition Award

Reverend Imani Smith

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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