October 22, 2018
 
Mass. Nonprofits Get $1.1M to Address Crimes Against Women

December 29, 2017 — Eighteen Massachusetts nonprofits recently were awarded $1,109,000 in state grants as part of a larger effort to develop and strengthen law enforcement response, prosecution strategies, and victim services in cases involving violent crimes against women.

The grants were made through the Violence Against Women Act’s (VAWA) Services Training Officers Prosecutors (VAWA STOP) Grant Program.

“Support through the VAWA STOP Program allows our partner organizations to implement innovative approaches to address the crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Baker. “This funding is critical in strengthening the essential role that law enforcement, prosecutors, and victim services professionals play in cases of violent crimes against women and in making Massachusetts a safer state for all.”

Sue Chandler, executive director of DOVE, a Quincy nonprofit that provides intervention, shelter, education, and support services in connection with fighting domestic violence, said, “We deeply appreciate the support of the Commonwealth through its administration of the VAWA STOP grant to support some of our staff time assisting survivors who come in contact with the police.

“Our VAWA STOP grant allows DOVE staff to reach out to those survivors and alert them to services available from DOVE. They may otherwise not know we exist. For these survivors, this outreach can be a lifeline.”

Receiving the grants were the following nonprofits:
  • Asian Task Force, Lowell: $75,000
  • Behavioral Health, Brookline: 37,500
  • Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Cambridge: 42,500
  • Boston Medical Center Domestic Violence Program, Boston: 112,000
  • Community Legal Services and Counseling Center, Cambridge: 61,000
  • DOVE, Quincy: 68,500
  • Elizabeth Freeman Center, Pittsfield: 60,000
  • Independence House, Hyannis: 115,000
  • Jewish Family & Children’s Services, Waltham: 30,000
  • Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, Oak Bluffs: 25,000
  • The Network/La Red, Boston: 40,000
  • Northeast Legal Aid, Inc., Lowell: 42,000
  • Our Deaf Survivors Center, Worcester: 40,000
  • Pathways for Change, Worcester: 120,000
  • RESPOND, Inc., Somerville: 42,000
  • RIA House, Framingham and Worcester: 80,000
  • Safe Passage, Northampton: 130,000
  • Womanshelter/Compañeras, Holyoke: 42,500
By forging state, local, and tribal partnerships among police, prosecutors, judges, victim advocates, health care providers, faith leaders, organizations that serve culturally specific and underserved communities, and others, STOP grants help to provide victims with the protection and services they need to pursue safe and healthy lives while improving communities’ capacity to provide justice for victims and hold offenders accountable.

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