BOSTON — Today, the Baker-Polito administration announced the launch of a new comprehensive, user-friendly website designed to provide survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and their families with information about the resources available to them in a variety of critical areas, as well as an interactive map tool to locate services across the Commonwealth.
Building on the Baker-Polito administration’s efforts since taking office in 2015 to bolster support for survivors across Massachusetts, this new tool ensures that aggregated and important information is readily available and easily accessible on mass. gov. The website provides information on the main categories of services, including housing, legal resources and employment assistance, as well as more immediate support such as the SafeLink helpline and crisis centers for rape of the region. To further protect survivors looking for resources, the page also features an escape link located at the top of the page so that survivors can quickly exit the page and be redirected to the mass.gov homepage. Additionally, both the website and the interactive map tool are accessible on mobile devices.
“This new tool is another way to support Massachusetts survivors and let them know they are not alone and there are resources available to them,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our administration is committed to partnering with survivors and advocates to facilitate the delivery of these essential services, and I am grateful to the Lieutenant Governor, who chairs the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Violence Domestic, for her continued leadership and advocacy for survivors.
“Too often for survivors, navigating available resources proves difficult, with vital information hard to find. This new website aims to provide critically important services in a simplified and easy-to-use way for survivors and their families to help them lead safe and successful lives free from abuse,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “These brave men, women and children have endured so much, and we remain committed to providing them with every possible tool in our toolbox.”
“Navigating life after sexual assault or domestic violence can be frightening and overwhelming for survivors,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders “This centralized resource directory will help survivors across the Commonwealth find and access a network of essential supports with the click of a button. The Commonwealth is committed to protecting and supporting survivors and ensuring they have access to the resources and support they need.
“This website demonstrates the powerful role that digital tools can play in improving the lives of Commonwealth residents,” said Technology and Security Services Secretary Curt Wood. “I am grateful for the opportunity to collaborate on this important initiative that will provide survivors with easy access to vital resources while maintaining their privacy.”
“We must continue to find innovative ways to ensure survivors have access to information and resources” said Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) executive director Liam Lowney. “This tool provides access to resources that will empower victims and survivors to make decisions and ensure they have access to quality support following trauma.”
This website is the result of a collaboration between the Office of the Governor, the Governor’s Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the Executive Office of Technology and security and the Department of Public Health.
The Council is chaired by the Lieutenant Governor and has up to 40 governor and lieutenant governor appointees, as well as more than 80 subcommittee members. Council members represent advocacy organizations, direct service providers, criminal justice agencies, and reflect the geographic and cultural diversity of the state. Secretaries of Health and Human Services, Housing and Economic Development, Public Safety and Security, Education, Labor and Workforce Development, Transportation, and Community Services veterans appoint each of the staff members of the Council. The Governor and Lieutenant Governor have appointed an Executive Director, who is responsible for the administrative functions of the Council, the organization of the sub-committees and the execution of the responsibilities of the Council. To learn more about the Council, click here.
To visit the Resources for Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence website, click here.
To visit the interactive map of services, click on here.