A Resource for the Re-entry Population of Greater Worcester
Currently Browsing: Domestic Violence Resources

Department of Children & Families (dcf) – New Bedford Site

98 North Front Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
(508) 910-1000
Services: The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is charged with protecting children from abuse and neglect and strengthening families.

Family and Children’s Service of Greater Lynn, Inc.

111 North Common Street, Lynn, MA, 01902
(781) 592-5052
Services: runs the Emergency Financial Assistance Program. This is a so called fund
of “last resort” and can help people who have no other options. Call and apply for financial assistance that can be used only after all other entitlement and government funded aid has been exhausted. The agency may provide everything from interest free loans to referrals and other support from FFS.
Depending on funding from the United Way and other agencies, it can provide help for such expenses and needs as utility and heating bills, eviction prevention, utility and heating costs or other emergencies. Food as well as security deposits can also be partially paid learn more on Lynn based Family and Children Service.

Daybreak Emergency Shelter for Men and Women

19 Winter Street, Lawrence, MA 01843
(978) 975-4547
Emergency Shelter for Men and Women.
Allows up to 40 guests. 30 men allowed and 10 women allowed.
Services Provided: Counseling; AA meetings; 2 meals/day (lunch in-house for people w/ medical problems); clothing when available; Spanish; handicap accessibility; on- site clinic; day programs; transportation; limited storage facilities. Must be over 18 years old. There is a 9:00 pm curfew.
Daybreak Shelter provides temporary shelter, up to thirty days, for homeless men and women over the age of eighteen. It is one of the last “Wet” shelters in the state, meaning we allow individuals under the influence of alcohol or substances to stay, though we do not allow alcohol or substances to be brought onto or used on our property. The Shelter is open from 5:00 pm on a first come, first served basis, to 8:00 am each day. Breakfast and dinner are served each day.

Spectrum Health Systems’ Prevention of Abuse and Violence through Education (P.A.V.E.) Program

585 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA
Phone: 1-800-464-9555 (x 1156)
Website: http://www.spectrumsys.org/programs/domestic-violence

Services: Spectrum’s Prevention of Abuse and Violence through Education (P.A.V.E.) program is a 40-week psycho-educational program designed for men who batter their partners.  The program helps clients recognize violent and controlling behaviors, take responsibility for their actions, and learn non-violent ways to resolve conflict with others.  Clients are required to attend forty 2-hour group sessions.  Intervention may also require referrals to develop a sober and drug free lifestyle, obtain employment training or acquire parenting skills.

New Hope Inc.

Main Office

140 Park Street
Attleboro, MA 02703
Phone 508-226-4015
Fax 508-226-6917
RESPECT (Intimate Partner Abuse Education Program) 877-222-0083
Please send all general email inquiries to new-hope@new-hope.org

Satellite Offices

By Appointment Only
1-800-323-HOPE (4673)

By Appointment Only
1-800-323-HOPE (4673)

By Appointment Only
1-800-323-HOPE (4673)

MJ Leadenham Center (Supervised Visitation & RESPECT Program ONLY)
91 Prescott Street
Worcester, MA 01605
Phone 508-753-3146
Fax 508-753-3148
RESPECT (Intimate Partner Abuse Education Program) 877-222-0083

District Court Advocate Locations

Attleboro District Court
88 Main Street
Attleboro, MA
Court Clerk’s office:  508-222-4869
SAFEPLAN Advocate:  508-226-4015
Serving the towns of Attleboro, Mansfield, North Attleboro and Norton

Dudley District Court
279 West Main Street
Dudley, MA
Court Clerk’s office: 508-943-7123 ext 0
Serving the towns of Charlton, Dudley, Oxford, Southbridge, Sturbridge, and Webster

East Brookfield District Court
544 East Main Street
East Brookfield, MA
Court clerk’s office:  508-885-6305
SAFEPLAN Advocate office:  508-885-0908
Serving the towns of East Brookfield, Oakham, Paxton. Warren, Spencer, Leicester, Barre, New Braintree, Rutland, Hardwick, West Brookfield, Brookfield

Milford District Court
161 West Main Street
Milford, MA
Court Clerk’s office: 508-473-1260
SAFEPLAN Advocate: 508-949-0452 Ext 2181
Serving the towns of Milford, Bellingham, Hopedale, Mendon and Upton

Taunton District Court
40 Broadway
Taunton, MA
District Court Clerk’s office: 508-977-4900
SAFEPLAN Advocate: 508-824-5205 Ext 2190
Serving the towns of Berkley, Dighton, Easton, Rayham, Rehoboth, Seekonk and Taunton

Uxbridge District Court
261 South Main Street
Uxbridge, MA
Court Clerk’s office: 508-278-2454
SAFEPLAN Court Office: 508-278-6561
Serving the towns of Uxbridge, Sutton, Douglas, Northbridge, Millville, and Blackstone

Westborough District Court
170 Oak Street
Westborough, MA
Court Clerk’s Office:  508-366-8266
SAFEPLAN Court Office:  508-366-8266 ext 144
Serving the towns of Westborough, Northborough, Southborough,  Shrewsbury and Grafton

Probate Court Advocate Locations

Taunton Probate Court
40 Broadway
Taunton, MA
Probate Clerk’s office: 508-977-6040
SAFEPLAN Advocate: 508-824-5205 EXT 2090
Serving the towns of Attleboro, Norton, Mansfield, New Bedford, Fall River, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, Somerset, Swansea, Westport, Achusnet, Taunton, Dighton, Seekonk, Easton, Raynham, Rehoboth, and Berkley

Phone: (508) 753-3146
Toll-Free, 24-Hour Hotline: 800-323-HOPE (4673)

Services: New Hope is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is “Ending Domestic and Sexual Violence in Our Community”. While some programs serve only domestic or sexual violence survivors, New Hope is a dual mission agency which addresses both issues together. Since domestic and sexual violence are often intertwined, our clients benefit from the full spectrum of programs we offer, allowing them to receive domestic and sexual violence services all in one place.

We offer a wide range of services which combine crisis intervention, violence prevention, life transition and self-sufficiency opportunities, while promoting behavioral and systemic changes to reduce violence at the individual and community levels.

Toll-Free, 24-Hour Confidential Hotline

Our trained hotline specialists assist callers with crisis intervention, risk assessment, and safety planning. Callers are also provided with information about New Hope’s services and other community resources to address domestic and sexual violence.

Our Hotline is also available to family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers who may be concerned about someone they know that may be a survivor of domestic or sexual violence.

Emergency Shelter

We provide women, men, and children safe haven in New Hope’s two confidential emergency shelters. While at the shelter, clients receive crisis intervention, counseling, economic literacy training, financial advocacy and case management, including a housing plan.


Dedicated to supporting both groups and individuals, trained counselors work with children, adolescent, and adult survivors of domestic and sexual violence.


Advocates stationed in seven district courts and one probate court assist individuals with obtaining restraining and harassment orders. These advocates are located in Attleboro, Dudley, East Brookfield, Milford, Taunton (District and Probate), Westborough and Uxbridge. This program is partially supported by the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) through the 1984 VOCA grant from OVC, OJP, US D.O.J.


Community-Based Advocacy

Community advocates assist individuals with finding resources to enhance their safety while staying in their home community. Local assistance aims to minimize future risk and prevents the need to flee to shelter.

Supervised Visitation

Located at the MJ Leadenham Center in our Worcester office, supervised visitation is provided to non-custodial parents due to a prior history of domestic or sexual violence. Staff model healthy parenting skills with these adults while they visit their children in a safe, monitored and nurturing setting.

Housing Stabilization

Our housing stabilization program provides individuals with funding for rent, utilities, or other costs necessary for providing stable, reliable housing which was jeopardized as a result of domestic or sexual violence.

Civilian Police Advocate

Our civilian advocate in the Attleboro Police Station provides individuals with services such as crisis intervention, safety planning, and assistance with the criminal justice system.


Department of Children and Families (DCF, formerly DSS)

Worcester East Area Office
121 Providence Street, Suite 200
Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: (508) 929-2000
Fax: (508) 754-9803

Worcester West Area Office
121 Providence Street, Suite 200
Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: (508) 929-2000
Fax: (508) 929-2161

Services: Strive to protect children from abuse and neglect and, in partnership with families and communities, ensure children are able to grow and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment.


  •  Adolescent Services
  • Adoption/Guardianship
  • Domestic Violence
  • Foster Care
  • Housing Stabilization
  • Family Support & Stabilization
  • Out of Home Placements

SafeLink Hotline

PO Box 180019
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: (617) 521-0100
Fax: (617) 521-0105
Email: info@casamyrna.org

Services: 24 Hour hotline for crisis intervention, safety planning, support, information, and referrals to emergency shelters.

SafeLink is the Massachusetts statewide 24/7 toll-free domestic violence hotline operated by Casa Myrna. SafeLink hotline advocates are multilingual, and have access to a translation service that can provide translation in more than 130 languages. All calls to SafeLink are free, confidential and anonymous.

SafeLink is a resource for anyone affected by domestic violence. Each call is answered by a trained advocate who provides non-judgmental support, assistance with safety planning and information on appropriate resources. SafeLink’s state-of-the-art technology allows the advocate answering your call to keep you on the line while you are being connected to a shelter program in your area. This allows callers who are in danger to get help with a single call, rather than having to make numerous calls to different shelter programs across the state. It is OK to call SafeLink if you just need to talk about your situation – you do not need to be looking for a shelter space.

The SafeLink number is (877) 785-2020. If you are hearing-impaired, please call the SafeLink TTY number (877) 521-2601.

Community Healthlink Inc

72 Jaques Avenue, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 860–1260
(508) 421-4473 (Support Groups) Robyn Ernst Program Director

Substance Abuse Treatment

Program Locations:
72 Jaques Avenue, Worcester, MA 01610
(508) 860-1260/ Intake: (508) 421-4411                   

12 Queen Street, Worcester,MA 01610          
(508) 860-1200         

280 Highland Street, Worcester, MA 01602          
(508) 860-1172      

17 Orchard Street, Leominster, MA 01453
(978) 537-3109/ Intake: 617-661-3991    


Substance abuse treatment available. Community Healthlink Inc. has a series of services such as adolescent recovery, outpatient care, inpatient care and recovery services. Under adolescent recovery there are two programs:Motivating Youth Recovery (MYR) and Highland Grace House. These are intended for teenagers. Inpatient services have three programs: Detox, PASSages, and Thayer TSS. The Detox program provides 24 hour nursing care and observation for clients that are detoxing from drugs and alcohol. PASSages is a post-detox Clinical Stabilization Service (CSS) program that provides intensive, community based, short term care that includes residential, group, and individual treatment for individuals in the early stages of substance abuse recovery. Thayer TSS  provides transitional support.

Outpatient services include assessment; crisis intervention; health education; individual, group, couples, and family counseling; medical/psychiatric consultation; referral and aftercare planning; self help groups; and treatment planning.

Services vary by locations.


Mental Health Treatment

The Community Healthlink provides help with inpatient Detox, Intensive Post-Acute Recovery Clinical Stabilization Service (PASSAges). Outpatient counseling services for adults is also available.

There is also a crisis stabilization unit available. Substance abuse counseling is available. Community Healthlink also has an Emergency Services 24 hours hot line 1-800-977-555 or 1-866-549-2142.

There are spanish speaking clinicians and Vietnamese speaking interpreters.


Accepts various insurances with referral, except for Harvard Pilgrim.  Fee operate on a sliding schedule. Does accept the Mass Behavioral Health Plan

Support Groups: 

Types of Group: The Act Group, Yoga, Mindfulness,The Nurturing Parent, and Building Bridges Program.


ALL of the support group programs offer childcare  after 3:00 pm for children 3 and up. ALL services provided in English only.

Act Group: Connect with other teens to discuss relationships, stress, mindfulness, conflict resolution, etc.

Yoga: Yoga for adolescent girls and women affected by trauma. Participate in a yoga class that emphasizes the power of breathing and stretching

Mindfulness: Group for school aged children to participate in activities, games, stories, and art to learn to be mindful

The Nurturing Parent: Helps parents develop nurturing parenting skills

Building Bridges Program: Program–help individuals who have lost a loved one to homicide connect with others.

Eligibility and Scheduling:

Act Group: A free program open to individuals ages 15-18. Begins in Spring 2014, must call for days and times.

Yoga: Open adolescent and adult women who have been affected by trauma. Begins in Spring 2014, must call for days and times

Mundfulness: Open to school age children. Must call for dates and times.

The Nurturing Parent: Open to adolescents and young adults. Begins in Spring 2014, must call for dates.

Building Bridges Program: Open to all. Must call for dates and times.


Pathways for Change


Pathways for Change (formerly the RAPE CRISIS CENTER of Central Mass)

588 Main Street
Worcester, MA

(508) 852-7600 Worcester
(800) 870-5905; 24/7/365
(800) 223-5001; en español
(888) 887-7130; TTY (Monday through Friday 9:00 am–5:00 pm)
(508) 340-4872; VP (Monday through Friday 9:00 am–5:00 pm)


Pathways for Change operates a 24/7/365 Hotline Crisis Support and Intervention and a 24/7/365 Emergency Room & Police Advocacy. They help teens and adult survivors of sexualized violence and their support persons.   In addition they provide aid to Deaf Survivors and their support persons, this service is also available to spanish speakers. 1:1 counseling is available along with Support Groups, and Advocacy of all genders.

Services also include Professional & School based education & technical support.


All Counseling Services are FREE and Confidential. Convenient parking at municipal garage next door.


RCAP Solutions

90 Madison Street
Suite 303
Worcester, MA 01608
Toll-free: (508) 792-5230

 Section 8 Housing

Aimed to help families gain access to affordable housing and prevent homelessness. You must complete a Section 8 Pre-Application in order to receive a RCAP Solutions section 8 voucher. Call the toll-free number to obtain a pre-application and more information about the application process.




Worcester Police Department

9-11 Lincoln Street
Worcester, MA 01608 (address of Police Dept.)

The Clergy Police Youth Partnership

Program Contact:
Sgt. Miguel Lopez
Program Supervisor
(508) 799-8696

Mentoring takes place at 10 local places of worship and at the South East Asian Coalition

The mission of this collaboration is to reach, assist, and transform youth, especially those whose lives have been affected or influenced by alcohol and other drugs, crime, and/or violence. Through a collaboration of faith leaders and police, the aim is to improve the personal development of youth, build a system of community support and create healthy and safe neighborhoods.

No cost
Serve any 5-21 year olds

Powered by WordPress | Designed by Elegant Themes