Domestic Violence Resources - Counseling and Support Services

REACH Beyond Domestic Violence is a multi-service domestic violence agency providing prevention, intervention and advocacy services to individuals and families. REACH stands for Refuge, Education, Advocacy and CHange. Their community programs are focused in 27 cities and towns in Greater Boston. Their hotline and shelter serve people from across the Commonwealth. All REACH services are free and confidential. Current programs include 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter and safe home, support groups, legal advocacy, specialized children’s services, community-based victim advocacy programs, outreach, education and training.
24-hour toll-free hotline 800-899-4000
Outreach office 781-891-0724

Voices Against Violence
Voices Against Violence, a program of South Middlesex Opportunity Council, provides free and confidential services to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in a 14 town area of the Greater Framingham/Marlborough region. Services include a 24-hour hotline, counseling and support groups, medical, legal, and police advocacy, shelter, supervised visitation, and community outreach and education. All services are available in English, Spanish, French, Creole and Portuguese.
24-hour toll free hotline 800-593-1125
Hotline number 508-626-8686
Outreach office 508-820-0834

The Second Step
The Second Step(TSS) provides comprehensive and holistic services to adult and child victims and survivors of domestic violence both to residents in TSS’s transitional congregate housing, where families may live for up to two years; and to adults and families living throughout Greater Boston and MetroWest. TSS focuses on helping survivors to overcome trauma and common feelings of worthlessness, to attain skills and emotional strength to nurture themselves and their families, and to achieve financial and emotional self-sufficiency. Services include safety planning; case management; advocacy (including legal assistance); linkages to community resources; and psycho-educational training in job, life, and parenting skills. Programs include “DV 101” to help survivors recognize signs of, and avoid abusers; mentoring programs for adults and children; support groups; and an on-site Therapeutic After-School Program for resident children.
Phone number 617-965-3999

Domestic Violence Services Network
Domestic Violence Services Network (DVSN) is the parent agency of four programs dedicated to preventing domestic violence and helping its victims. The four programs are:

Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program (DVVAP) is a unique collaboration with the police departments of Acton, Bedford, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Lincoln, Maynard, Stow, Wayland and Hanscom Air Force Base. DVVAP's community-based advocates offer unconditional support in a way that respects victim’s dignity and choices while promoting safety. DVVAP is available for individuals to call-in and they also provide outreach on behalf of the police departments. We listen to callers' stories in a safe and secure environment; assess the level of risk of things such as escalating violence or control; identify options for action: develop safety planning tools with callers; and refer callers to the wide array of other confidential sources of support in our community.
The Court Support Program (CSP) provides court accompaniment to individuals seeking abuse prevention orders (209A) out of Concord District Court.
DVSN's third program, The Network for Women’s Lives (NWL), provides outreach and education within our local schools and throughout our communities to help build awareness and decrease the incidences of domestic violence.
A fourth program, Lawyer for A Day (LFAD), provides answers to legal questions for eligible individuals through DVSN's collaborating partner, South Middlesex Legal Services (SMLS).

For support and advice, please call 888-399-6111.

Journey to Safety (Jewish Family & Children’s Services)    
Journey to Safety (formerly Kol Isha, the Domestic Abuse Program of Jewish Family & Children’s Service, offers culturally competent and religiously sensitive services to survivors of domestic abuse, with specialized services for the Jewish and Russian-speaking communities. We offer domestic abuse counseling, support groups, information and referrals, legal advocacy and court accompaniment (including civil and rabbinic courts), as well as assistance with finding job training, employment, legal services and appropriate public benefits. All direct services are available in English and Russian. Journey to Safety also offers consultation to Jewish clergy and spiritual leaders, as well as to concerned friends and family. All services are free and confidential.
Phone number: (781) 647-5327 and ask for Journey to Safety

Asian Task Force 617-338-2355

Our mission is to prevent domestic violence in Asian families and communities and to provide hope to survivors.

Saheli South Asian - 1-866-4SAHELI
Saheli Boston is an organization dedicated to empowering South Asian women and families to lead safe and healthy lives. Saheli offers a range of pro-bono services geared specifically toward the challenges faced by South Asians and other immigrants in New England. Sahleli provides domestic violence services as well as many others.

Support Group for Women with Controlling Partners 978-369-0259

The Network/La Red (LGBT)
(617)-742-4911 (TTY 617-227-4911

Fenway Community Health
Violence Recovery Program for LGBT
(800) 834-3242

South Shore Women’s Resource Center
(888) 746-2664 (24 hours)

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
(800) 841-8371


Additional Support Services

Web of Benefit - 617-285-1900 - Provides funding to women escaping domestic violence

Household Goods Recycling of Massachusetts - 978-635-1710
The Household Goods Recycling Ministry (HGRM) is a not-for-profit agency that collects, stores, and distributes furniture and household goods. It is located in Acton, Massachusetts. The group accepts donations from all sources and distributes those goods to families in need. The organization is staffed entirely by volunteers and relies on individuals and organizations in the local area for donations of the household goods they distribute. The HGRM website.