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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

According to the National Violence Against Women Survey (NVAW) completed jointly between the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 22 percent of women and 7 percent of men were physically assaulted by a partner at some point in the past.

Observing October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) provides a wealth of domestic violence education and awareness information to residents. EOPSS also helps explain the Massachusetts Victim Bill of Rights as well as the Abused Person’s Notice of Rights for best reporting an incident.

Battered and Batterer Support

EOPSS offers battered women resources, and includes telephone numbers and locations for battered women programs across the Commonwealth.

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) provides support for batterers to help them overcome abusive behavior. Certified Batterer Intervention Programs can also be found throughout Massachusetts.

Additional Resources

There are a number of local and national resources for both victims of domestic violence and abusers. Spread the word to family and friends to help prevent abuse.

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