The mission of the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Human Trafficking is to advise the Governor on how to help individuals, children, and families of the Commonwealth live a life free of sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking.
The Council is chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll 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, domestic violence, and human trafficking. The Council’s goals are to improve prevention for all, enhance support for those impacted by sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking, and hold perpetrators accountable. The Council is comprised of experts from across the Commonwealth and has identified priorities with accompanied subcommittees – Assessment and Response; Early Interventions; Economic Mobility; Housing Stability; Human Trafficking; and Veterans, Military, and Families. The subcommittees review existing laws and programs and provide recommendations for improvement.
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
“RESPECTfully,” aims to increase awareness among middle and high schoolers 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
Final Report, 2015-2022
Presented on December 15, 2022
Council's Biennial Report, 2019-2020
Presented on Wednesday, December 9, 2020
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.