Governor's Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

Governor's Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

The Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence works to enact best practices to combat issues of sexual assault and domestic violence in order to keep Massachusetts residents safe.

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 works to enact best practices to combat issues of sexual assault and domestic violence in order to keep Massachusetts residents safe. The Council's goal is to improve prevention for all, enhance support for those impacted by sexual assault and domestic violence, and hold perpetrators accountable. Our 30-member council reviews existing laws and programs, and recommends how they can be improved. The Council was created by Executive Order No. 363, issued by Governor Charlie Baker on April 27, 2015.

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)

2015 Report

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

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

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