Counseling and Support
The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) provides free, 24-hour services to survivors of rape and sexual violence, their friends and family. To contact BARCC, call the 24-hour hotline (800) 841-8371.
The Victims of Violence (VOV) mission is to develop comprehensive mental health services for crime victims and crime victimized communities. Because victims often experience psychiatric intervention as stigmatizing and intrusive, VOV emphasizes clinical care that can facilitate mastery, mobilize resiliency and promote renewed hope and restored self-esteem.
The Asian Shelter and Advocacy Program (ASAP) services include New England’s only multilingual emergency shelter, advocacy services, outreach, and education programs for battered Asian adults and their children. The Asian Shelter and Advocacy Program is often the only opportunity for Asian adults and children to achieve productive and violence-free lives. ASAP Programs and Services, located at three sites, are designed to complement each other and provide clients with comprehensive care.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center provides a 24-hour emergency care and range of services for response and safety. They can help you plan for safety, access safe housing, talk about your relationship and your options, including having medical evidence collected (within 5 days of a sexual assault) by a trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). Individuals ae not required to file a police report to access services.
Health centers provide a wide range of safe, reliable health care — and the majority is preventive, primary care, which helps prevent unintended pregnancies through contraception, reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections through testing and treatment, and screen for cervical and other cancers. Caring physicians, nurse practitioners, and other staff take time to talk with clients, encouraging them to ask questions in an environment that millions have grown to trust.
The Cambridge Police Department responds to incidents that have occurered in the city of Cambridge. The Sexual Assault Unit investigates sexual crimes such as rape, indecent assault, indecent exposure, and peeping & spying. The Domestic Violence Unit investigates domestic related assaults and abuse incidents, including intimate partner violence and some physical child abuse cases. Additionally, a civilian Victim Advocate helps survivors find and obtain a multitude of available services in the community (shelter, counseling, legal services, health centers, etc.). The advocate is also available to discuss safety planning with victims as well as help them understand the criminal justice process and their legal rights, including how to obtain a restraining order.
Contact the Boston Police Department (BPD) to report sexual violence which occurred in the city of Boston. The Sexual Assault Unit is a part of the Family Justice Division, which also consists of the Crimes Against Children Unit and the Domestic Violence Unit.
Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC), through direct legal services, our staff and pro bono attorneys help restore victims' lives after an attack, ensuring that they may stay in school; protecting their privileged and confidential mental health, medical and education records; preserving their employment; maintaining safe housing; securing or maintaining their immigration status; and swiftly accessing victim compensation and other benefits. VRLC was established in 2003 as the first nonprofit law center in the nation solely dedicated to serving the needs of rape and sexual assault victims.
The Victim Witness Services Bureau provides information and support through the court process to victims and witnesses of crime. Victim Witness Advocates provide support to victims of violent crimes. Services also are provided to family members of child victims and to survivors of homicide victims. Contact the District Attorney's office to explore the possibility of prosecuting a case of sexual violence by calling (617) 591-7740.
The Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) is an independent state agency devoted to upholding and advancing the rights of crime victims. They provide a broad range of assistance to crime victims as well as outreach and education, policy and program development, direct service, legislative advocacy, and grants management.
The VRP provides counseling, support groups, advocacy, and referral services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) victims of bias crime, domestic violence, sexual assault, and police misconduct. The Violence Recovery Program (VRP) at Fenway Health was founded in 1986 and was formerly known as the "Victim Recovery Program."
The Network/La Red is a survivor-led, social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, BDSM, 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.