State Launches Online Resources for Survivors of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence

BOSTON — The Baker-Polito administration recently announced the launch of a comprehensive, user-friendly website designed to provide survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and their families with information on resources available to them in a variety of critical issue areas, as well as an interactive map tool for locating services throughout the Commonwealth.

Building on the administration’s efforts since taking office in 2015 to bolster supports for survivors across Massachusetts, this new tool ensures that aggregated, important information is readily available and easily accessible on mass.gov. The website provides information on major service categories, including housing, legal resources, and employment assistance, as well as more immediate support such as the SafeLink Hotline and area Rape Crisis Centers.

In order to further protect survivors seeking resources, the page also has an escape link located at the top of the page so that survivors may quickly exit the page and be redirected to the mass.gov homepage. Additionally, the website and interactive map tool are both accessible on mobile devices.

“This new tool is another way to support survivors in Massachusetts and let them know that they are not alone, and that there are resources available to them,” Gov. Charlie Baker said. “Our administration is committed to partnering with survivors and advocates to facilitate the delivery of these critical services.”

Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders noted that “navigating life after sexual assault or domestic violence can be frightening and overwhelming for survivors. This centralized directory of resources will help survivors across the Commonwealth to find and access a network of critical supports with a single click. The Commonwealth is committed to protecting and supporting survivors and ensuring that they have access to the resources and support they need.”

Liam Lowney, executive director of the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance, added that “we must continue to find innovative ways to ensure survivors have access to information and resources. This tool provides access to resources that will empower victims and survivors in their decision making and ensures they have access to quality support in the wake of trauma.”

This website is the result of collaboration between the Governor’s Office, the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security, and the Department of Public Health.