Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault & Human Trafficking

Domestic Violence

SafeLink is the Massachusetts statewide 24/7 toll-free domestic violence hotline and resource for victims. Find a list of resources provided by the state here. Reports can remain anonymous.

  • The SafeLink toll free number is 1-877-785-2020.
  • For those who are hearing impaired, the SafeLink number is 1-877-521-2601.

Sexual Assault 

From the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence: The emotional and mental impacts of rape can last longer than any physical effects. During this time of physical-distancing practices, when advocacy programs are providing limited in-person services and instead moving toward providing virtual services, connections with family and friends can be limited, leaving the potential for survivors to face the impacts of trauma in isolation. The leaders of the me too movement have published a toolkit for survivors with ideas for self-care. Perhaps the most important thing we can do during this time is to make special efforts to check-in with survivors and colleagues who are working hard to provide support and interventions for victims and survivors of sexual violence. Download the Toolkit

Trafficking 

For adult women who are experiencing trafficking or are at risk, RIA House is continuing to provide services to women across the state in a way that balances staff safety and participant need while honoring the work of the Commonwealth to stop the spread of the COVID 19 virus. We are doing this on a case-by-case basis, with an emphasis on supporting women by telephone and through video conferencing for mentorship, clinical therapy, groups and advocacy each week. For more information, please visit https://www.riahouse.org/index.html

For additional information on this topic, including a list of references and resources for mental health providers, please visit the William James College Human Trafficking Research Hub webpage. 

  • Event: Human Trafficking & the COVID-19 Crisis
    Thursday, May 7,  12:00 PM – 1:00 PM 

    This webinar will review human trafficking risk factors related to the COVID-19 crisis. The presenters, Dr. Paola Contreras and Ms. Stacy Reed, will begin by providing an overview of human trafficking in the United States. Using examples from their work with victims and survivors of trafficking, they will explain how the risk of exploitation increases with contextual stressors, such as the current health crisis. The presentation will close with a review of practice recommendations and local and national human trafficking resources to assist victims and survivors. This webinar is hosted by the Center for Multicultural & Global Mental Health and Organized by William James College's Social Justice Student Coalition.  Register here
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