Governor's Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

The mission of the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence is to advise the Governor on how to help individuals, children, and families of the Commonwealth live a life free of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Contact Us

Address

24 Beacon Street, State House, Room 272, Boston, MA 02133

Phone

For emergencies please dial 911. For emotional support and assistance in finding resources, call the Safelink hotline at 877-785-2020

Online

For information on the Council's work, contact Executive Director Kelly Dwyer: kelly.dwyer@State.MA.US
For casework related concerns and assistance finding resources please contact Constituent Services: Governor's Office of Constituent Services 

About us

The Council is chaired by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and puts forth recommendations to advise the Governor on how to help individuals, children, and families of the Commonwealth live a life free of sexual assault and domestic violence. The Council’s goals are to improve prevention for all, enhance support for those impacted by sexual assault and domestic violence, and hold perpetrators accountable. The Council identified five priority areas and created accompanying subcommittees—Veterans, Military, and Families; Assessment and Response; Housing Stability and Self-Sufficiency; Human Trafficking; and Prevention and Education. The subcommittees review existing laws and programs and provide recommendations for improvement. The Council was reaffirmed and reconstituted by Executive Order No. 586.

For an emergency or if you need immediate help:  Call the Safelink Hotline at 877-785-2020 (Advocates available in Portuguese, Spanish and Creole, as well as access to a language line with up to 130 languages)

RESPECTfully Public Awareness Campaign

The Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence - in partnership with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services and the Massachusetts State Legislature—is launching its first statewide public awareness and prevention campaign in more than twenty years to promote healthy relationships among middle and high schoolers. Launching the week of May 26th, “RESPECTfully,” aims to increase awareness of what constitutes a healthy relationship, emphasizes the need for respect in relationships, and helps teens identify the escalating behaviors that lead to unhealthy and unsafe relationships. Please consider ordering RESPECTfully campaign materials from the Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse, provided free of charge.

Council Reports And Documents

2018 End-Of-Term Report: Governor's Council To Address Sexual Assault And Domestic Violence
Presented on Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Report on the Status of Chapter 260 of the Acts of 2014 An Act Relative to Domestic Violence
Presented on December 9, 2015.

Council's Military, Veterans and Families Work Group Regional Resource Guide

Domestic Violence Toolkit

Recommended DVAW Policies And Procedures For Police

Recommended MOU For Partnering Agencies

Recommended Roles And Responsibilities For Partnering Agencies

DV Assessment Worksheet

DV Strangulation Worksheet

Other Resources

Find Your Closest Rape Crisis Center

These Rape Crisis Centers offer FREE services for adolescent and adult sexual assault survivors - and for people who care about survivors of all ages.

Massachusetts Office For Victim Assistance (MOVA)

Jane Doe Inc. (statewide SA/DV coalition)

Sexual Assault Prevention and Survivor Services (SAPSS)

Council Members

  • David Adams

    Co-Founder and Co-Director, Emerge

  • Nancy Alterio

    Executive Director, Disabled Persons Protection Commission

  • Christina Bain

    Director, Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, Babson College

  • Jane Banks

    Assistant Undersecretary, Department of Housing and Community Development

  • Daniel Bennett

    Secretary, Public Safety and Security

  • Stephanie Brown

    CEO, Casa Myrna

  • Kim Dawkins

    Executive Director, Pathways for Change, Inc.

  • Duane De Four

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Elizabeth Dineen

    Executive Director, YWCA of Western MA

  • Mark Dubois

    Chief of Police, Maynard Police Department

  • Edward Dolan

    Office of the Commissioner of Probation

  • Suzanne Dubus

    CEO, Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center

  • Kelly Dwyer

    Executive Director, Governor's Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

  • Joe Early

    Worcester County District Attorney

  • Col. Andrea Gayle-Bennett

    Army National Guard

  • Amarely Guttierez Oliver

    YWCA of Central Massachusetts

  • Lysetta Hurge-Putnam

    Executive Director, Independence House

  • Michelle Loranger

    Executive Director, Children's Advocacy Center of Bristol County

  • Liam Lowney

    Executive Director, Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA)

  • Stacey Malone

    Victims Rights Law Center

  • Corinn Nelson

    Statewide Manager of the Victim Services Unit, MA Probation Services

  • Paulo Pinto

    Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS)

  • Alicia Rebello-Pradas

    Designee for Attorney General Maura Healey

  • Debra Robbin

    Executive Director, Jane Doe Inc.

  • Emily Rothman

    Associate Professor, Boston University School of Public Health

  • Nancy Scannell

    Director of Policy and Planning, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

  • Joan Meunier-Sham

    RN, MS, SANE Program Director, SANE Pediatric Associate Director, Department of Public Health

  • Michelle Smith

    Executive Director, Women of Means

  • Marylou Sudders

    Secretary, Health and Human Services

  • David Sullivan

    Northwestern District Attorney

  • Molyka Tieng

    Lowell Community Health Center

  • Vilma Uribe

    The Network La Red

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