Staying safe from domestic violence, intimate partner violence, & sexual assault
If You or Someone You Know is in Crisis or Needs Immediate Help
Please reach out for help if you need it. We all need support sometimes and there are people who care about you.
Please call 911 if you are having a medical emergency or feel you're in immediate danger.
You can use the following resources to report both on and off campus incidences:
UMass Boston Police
The office is open and staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Sexual Respect and Title IX at UMass Boston
The University of Massachusetts Boston is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment free of intimidation, harassment, and sexual misconduct, which includes relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. Such conduct is prohibited by federal law (Title IX) and by university policy.
The Bureau of Investigative Services at UMass Boston
Also known as the Detective Division, provides specialized services in criminal investigation and community outreach programs.
Crisis helplines & domestic violence support
SafeLink is a Massachusetts domestic violence hotline where you can get support and information about services for anyone affected by domestic or dating violence. SafeLink is run by Casa Myrna, an organization that provides housing, legal, and counseling services to survivors of domestic violence.
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
BARCC hotline is available 24/7 at 800-841-8371 or chat. They offer support and services to survivors of sexual violence, counseling, and medical and legal advocacy.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
Available 24/7, confidential and free:1-800-799-7233 and through chat.
The National Sexual Assault Hotline
Available 24/7, confidential and free: 800.656.HOPE (4673) and through chat.
Available 24/7 teen dating violence support: chat, text “loveis” to 1.866.331.9474, call 1.866.331.9474
Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence
ATASK offers multilingual services to Pan-Asian survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence, including a 24 hour help line, crisis intervention, emergency shelter, case management (i.e. legal, medical and immigration advocacy) and referral assistance
For peer support for trans folks 9am-3am CT:1-877-565-8860 This hotline is staffed exclusively by trans operators is the only crisis line with a policy against non-consensual active rescue.
Available 24/7 through video phone (1-855-812-1001), email and chat for Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled survivors.
A Somerville-based 24-hour hotline that provides information, resources and referrals for local individuals and communities who are impacted by domestic violence.
The Network La Red
The Network/La Red is a survivor-led organization that provides a 24 hour hotline, support, crisis intervention, referrals, legal assistance and support groups for LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence.
National Parent Helpline
Available Monday-Friday 12pm-9am CT emotional support and advocacy for parents:1-855-427-2736
Violence Recovery Program at Fenway Health offers counseling, support groups, advocacy, and referral services to LGBT victims of violence.
The Futures Without Violence website offers a range of information and resources on COVID-19 for survivors.
The StrongHearts Native Helpline for domestic/sexual violence is available 7am-10pm CT, confidential, and specifically for Native communities: 1−844-762-848
Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center offers services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and community violence, including advocacy, crisis intervention, counseling, and support groups.
DOVE, Inc. offers a 24 hour hotline, crisis intervention, counseling, emergency shelter, and legal advocacy to the victims of dating and domestic violence.
Abuse and harassment
An online support site for individuals experiencing online harassment. There, you can report the harassment you are experiencing and receive real-time support from others who understand what you are going through.
Cyber Civil Rights Initiative
Helps victims that have had illicit images released online without their consent.
US Army Victim Resource Flyer
If you are Army personnel or your perpetrator is Army personnel, visit for help
Victims of community violence and trauma
The Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT)
Support hotline 24/7 365 days a year (617-431-0125)
Trauma Response Resource Directory
Provides a single, regularly updated source of information for residents and advocates seeking violence and trauma-related services.
National Adult Protective Services Association
Social services program for the elderly and adults living with disabilities-workers investigate cases of abuse/neglect/exploitation.
Child abuse or neglect
Report Child Abuse or Neglect Gov MA
Learn what to do if you know or suspect a child is being abused or neglected. If a child is in immediate danger, call 911.