THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: As we enter this holiday season, many friends and family are hoping to see each other in person to celebrate. The Boston Police Department recognizes that due to health and safety concerns over the past year due to COVID-19, some members of our communities may have spent their time in isolation at home with an abuser as a result.

As we begin to share the upcoming holidays with loved ones we may not have seen in a while, we hope that everyone will remain vigilant as they look for any signs of potential abuse and that victims find a safe opportunity to reach out for the help they so desperately need and deserve: Make no mistake, you are not alone and no one deserves to be abused.

To those in need of help, there are resources available to you. Please reach out if you, or someone you know, is in need of help or safety planning. 

As always, in the case of an emergency, CALL 9-1-1. 

Community members wanting to report any case of domestic violence, that is not occurring at the moment, may do so anonymously by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to aid or help any victim of domestic violence in an anonymous manner. 

Listed below are several domestic violence programs available in the Boston area.

Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence

Association of Haitian Women in Boston/ Asosiyasyon Fanm Ayisyen nan Boston (AFAB)

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC)

Casa Myrna Vasquez

Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS)