If You or Someone You Know Needs Help

If you are afraid for your immediate safety
CALL 911.

Emergency Shelter and Safety Planning
  • SAFELINK (Massachusetts-wide, 24-hour, toll-free domestic violence hotline):  1-877-785-2020
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline:  1-800-799-SAFE(7233)

Pet Safety
Domestic Violence Pet Safety Hotline:  781-235-8460

Domestic Violence Police Detective
Most local police departments have a domestic violence unit.  Check your local phone book or your town website.

If you are a perpetrator, get help now.
(counseling and education for abusers):  617-547-9879

Resources and Safety Planning

Planning for your safety
Whether or not you are leaving an abusive relationship, having accurate information and a safety plan can help you protect yourself and your children. Read more »

How to Help

If you suspect someone you know is living in an abusive situation, you can help.  Read more »

Protective Orders
A restraining order, also referred to as a 209A protective order, is one option for you to consider in seeking safety from your abuser. Read more »

Technology Safety

Technology, including computers and cell phones, is a crucial area to consider in safety planning.  Read more »


The Second Step is one of many organizations that can help you. 
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