Address Confidentiality Program - Metro Boston Region Resources
BMC’s Domestic Violence Program
Services may include but not be limited to:
- Crisis counseling, risk assessment and safety planning; Understanding your options, help setting priorities and goals;
- Short- and long-term advocacy and counseling;
- Accompaniment to court and other appointments;
- Help finding resources for things like food, housing, child care, and other necessities;
- Help finding more specialized services such as mental health counseling and legal services;
- Applying for Victim Compensation if eligible
Boston Area Rape Crisis Centers (BARCC)
BARCC offers free, confidential support services to survivors of sexual violence ages 12 and older, their friends and families, and professionals. We work with survivors regardless of when the violence occurred, and our goal is to empower survivors to heal.
Casa Myrna is Boston’s largest provider of domestic violence awareness efforts and of shelter and supportive services to survivors. English, provide survivors with tools to recover from the trauma of abuse and begin to build sustainable self-sufficiency.
Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery at Beth Israel Hospital
The Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery (CVPR) facilitates a comprehensive, integrated approach to addressing multiple forms of violence experienced in people's lives. Established in 1997, the Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery's mission is:
- To improve the health and well-being of people impacted by multiple forms of violence, including domestic violence, sexual assault, community violence and homicide by providing trauma-informed services and programs;
- To improve the health care response of violence and train healthcare providers to identify and respond to patients who are experiencing or have previously experienced violence in their lives; and
- To engage in innovative collaboration between health care providers and community organizations to provide violence intervention, prevention and recovery services
Community Advocacy Programs
- crisis intervention
- safety assessment and planning
- assistance with housing and shelter
- legal assistance, including court accompaniment
- information and supported referrals
- support groups for adult women and teens
- crisis intervention
- danger assessment and safety planning
- supportive counseling
- emergency shelter
- legal advocacy and representation
- community outreach, education, and training
Elizabeth Stone House
The Elizabeth Stone House partners with adult and child survivors of domestic violence and related trauma – mental illness, housing instability and substance misuse – to achieve safety, stability, and overall wellbeing, thereby contributing to the strength, resiliency, and health of the community we serve.
Clients will learn skills, develop confidence and gain access to resources they need to live competently, independently and safely. They will 1) survive the crises that bring them to us, 2) stabilize their personal lives, 3) strengthen their families, 4) take control of their finances, and 5) find permanent housing and keep it.
- Wheelchair Accessibility
- Emergency Safe Shelter with 32 beds
- 24 hr Hotline 617-288-1054
- Attorneys to go to court with battered women
- Housing advocacy
- Help with moving
- Crisis intervention
- Emergency Response, Trauma Support and Counseling
- Special Needs Advice
- Child Advocacy and Support Programs (CASP)
- 12 housing vouchers for our Shelter Plus After Care Programs (S+P)
- (CASP) Child Advocacy and Support Project with Day Care
- Sign Language, Spanish, Vietnamese, French and Haitian Creole spoken
- Outreach and services for battered women who are Deaf
- Self Esteem Groups
- Three different types of Parenting Groups
- Mental health therapy
- Substance Abuse Counseling;
- Elder services
- And much more.
In addition, Finex House has developed “Escape-A Handbook for Battered Women Who Have Disabilities.”
- a 24-hour hotline
- case management and group supports for individuals and families
- emergency, transitional and permanent affordable housing with supportive services
- legal advocacy, including resources for immigrant survivors of abuse
- economic development
- community awareness and public education initiatives
- linguistically and culturally appropriate, high-quality emergency and support services
- safe affordable transitional and permanent low-income housing
HAVEN @ MGH
For survivors of intimate partner abuse:
- Support Groups
- Ongoing counseling
- Educational Workshops
- Accompaniment to court or otherappointments
- Safety Planning
- Referrals to Resources (within or outside of MGH)
For health care providers:
- Consults for professionals employed at MGH and others within the community
- Trainings on all aspects of the work that HAVEN does and the dynamics of intimate partner abuse
- Policy and Protocol Development within MGH
- Awareness events at schools
The Network/La Red is a survivor-led, social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, SM, polyamorous, and queer communities. Rooted in anti-oppression principles, our work aims to create a world where all people are free from oppression. We strengthen our communities through organizing, education, and the provision of support services.
Hotline & Safehome
617-742-4911 (voice) • 617-227-4911 (TTY) • 800-832-1901 (Toll-Free)
- Free and confidential advocacy services*
- Safety planning
- Individual counseling and support
- A safe place to talk
- Information about the health effects of domestic violence
- Support groups
- Medical advocacy
- Legal and court advocacy
- Referrals to community resources (health care, housing, shelter, lawyers, and others)
*Services are flexible and designed to create safe access for individuals. A person does not need to leave a relationship to use our services. We support a person’s individual choices and rights. All services are free, voluntary, and confidential.
Portal to Hope
- Emergency shelter in a protective, nurturing environment which is free from mental, physical or sexual violence
- Legal aid for ensuring continued civil protections through the legal court system
- Job placement & housing assistance which helps victims rebuild their lives, both professionally and personally
- Youth programs designed to educate our children and help break the cycle of violence.
- 24-hour confidential hotline: 617-566-6881
- Emergency shelter for up to three months
- Safety planning
- In-house support groups (Self-Esteem and Wellness, Domestic Violence Support Group and Parenting Group)
- Bilingual Spanish/English advocacy
- English as a Learning Language (ELL) classes
- Health care advocacy
- Pastoral counseling
- Children's programs
- Referrals for job training, legal assistance and educational programs
- Community education.
- 24-Hour Crisis Hotline that provides emotional support, resource referrals, and information on legal options, statewide shelter availability and community resources.
- Individual counseling and support groups, which help survivors to define and meet their goals regarding safety, housing, employment, health care, housing issues, divorce, custody, and education.
- Access to safe shelter and housing remains a primary concern for all survivors of domestic violence. RESPOND developed its housing assistance program to address the unique needs of survivors and fill the gap left by anti-homelessness agencies. Since implementing its program, 75% of RESPOND’s shelter residents have found long-term housing and had no need to ever return to their abuser. In 2016, RESPOND was awarded a $100,000 grant from Cummings Foundation to support its housing program.
- Basic Assistance that helps program participants to access necessities such as food, clothing, medication, transportation and temporary shelter through the provision of gift cards for grocery, pharmacy and department stores, 911 emergency cell phones, and school supplies when no viable options are available.
- Legal Support that provides individuals with court accompaniment, assistance accessing legal aid services, and help with diverse legal issues including restraining orders, child custody, and immigration. Staff maintain a weekly presence in the Malden District Court and work closely with the victim witness advocate program run by the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office.
- Children’s Services that help parents to meet their children’s education, health care and out-of-school needs. RESPOND also leads parenting groups, literacy activities, and works to improve prenatal care.
- High Risk Assessment Teams designed to minimize harm or lethality to survivors of high risk domestic abuse cases by providing a multidisciplinary approach to coordinate a community response including: immediate crisis interventions and long-term stabilization of survivors of domestic violence and identifying, monitoring and containing high risk offenders. RESPOND is the lead agency of the Somerville High Risk Assessment Team, Stoneham High Risk Assessment Team, Malden High Risk Assessment Team and Co-founder of the Cambridge, Arlington and Belmont Team.
- Outreach and Education Activities through which RESPOND addresses the root causes of domestic violence via community education and outreach initiatives designed to raise public awareness about domestic violence, educate the community to recognize signs of abuse and promote healthy relationships. Staff commonly provide training for law enforcement officials, healthcare professionals, local civic and religious groups, high school and college students and other human service providers.
- RESPOND has a Civilian Certified Domestic Violence Counselor embedded in the Malden Police Department. This partnership allows RESPOND to work directly with victims identified through MPD contact (police calls) and allows us to offer information and support related to restraining orders and a variety of needs related to domestic abuse. On-site, the Certified Domestic Violence Counselor can refer to any of RESPOND’s programs or another suitable resource in real time, in a safe, accessible environment.
Emergency Shelter has been the cornerstone of RESPOND’s services since the agency’s founding in 1974. Safe, confidential shelter remains a critically necessary last resort for survivors of domestic violence in grave danger with no other resources or available supports. RESPOND’s emergency shelter location is kept confidential to ensure the safety of program participants. Services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. RESPOND’s eight-bedroom home is the only area domestic violence shelter that is wheelchair accessible and ADA approved. Its spacious Children’s Learning Center offers a safe, colorful play space and programs that promote learning, encourage parental involvement, and connect children and teens to local in- and out-of-school enrichment activities. The average length of stay for residents is 4 months. RESPOND is proud to accept women and men (or any gender identity) into shelter as well as parents of teenage boys– a rarity in Massachusetts.
We offer free meals 365 days a year; a food pantry with non-perishable items and fresh produce; showers, laundry and lockers; overnight beds for up to 21 days; and providers who offer health and wellness care.
Women can take English as a Second or Other Language, Literacy and computer classes in our Women's Education Center and find assistance with job and housing searches.
Advocacy and Empowerment
Multi-lingual Advocates assist women with short- and long-term issues; attorneys provide holistic legal services; and guests are encouraged to participate in our diverse Arts and Public Policy activities, which can empower them to be their own best advocates.
Outreach and Stability
We stay connected to guests by providing ongoing follow-up to newly-housed guests, oversight of women who have complex phyisical and mental health issues and home visits to isolated women. We reach women beyond our walls through a satellite office at Franklin Field and collaborations with Boston Public Schools and Massachusetts Trial Courts.
889 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
The Second Step
What is the mission of The Second Step?
Founded in 1992, The Second Step is a private non-profit organization that provides survivors of domestic violence and their children with transitional housing and links to services and resources. All people have a right to safety and dignity in relationships. The Second Step is dedicated to adult and child survivors of domestic violence. Responding to each family’s strengths and values, we partner to enhance supportive community and identify pathways to physical and emotional healing, housing, and financial security. We work at the individual, community, and societal levels to end domestic violence.
Where do The Second Step’s clients come from?
Families come to The Second Step from the inner city and the suburbs, from Massachusetts and beyond. Many referred by “first step” emergency shelters for survivors of domestic violence, while others may be reaching out for the first time, or seeking support for abuse that happened years ago. Regardless of your location or circumstances, we are here for you.
Does The Second Step help children?
Yes! Our innovative Therapeutic Afterschool Program provides academic and therapeutic support to children living in our residences, while our Youth and Prevention Programs work with adolescents and teens throughout all of our programs, providing a combination of individual and group supports.
Violence Recovery Program (Fenway Health)
- To provide services to LGBT victims who have experienced interpersonal violence as well as information and support to friends, family, and partners of survivors
- To raise awareness of how LGBT hate crime and domestic violence affects our communities through compiling statistics about these crimes
- To ensure that LGBT victims of violence are treated with sensitivity and respect by providing trainings and consultations with service providers and community agencies across the state
- Partner Abuse and Domestic Violence: Abuse is about power and control and may include verbal, psychological, financial, sexual, physical or cultural abuse. Abuse can happen in any type of relationship, including dating, polyamorous relationships and marriages.
- Sexual Assault: Sexual assault includes any type of unwanted sexual experience. Sexual violence and exploitation can occur as a one-time or recurrent event with strangers, partners, relatives or acquaintances. It can happen in the context of relationships or hook-ups and can involve drugs or other substances.
- Hate Violence & Police Misconduct (Anti-LGBT Discrimination): LGBT people may experience violence or discrimination based on identified or perceived sexuality or gender identity/expression. LGBT people may experience verbal or physical abuse, refusal to assist people who have experienced harm, or unequal application of the law.
- We offer counseling and advocacy in both English and Spanish.