Domestic Violence

If you are fearful of physical or verbal abuse from a household member, call the police directly at 978-433-2424.

The law provides significant support for you. A police officer will assist you in learning about how the law protects you, what kind of resources are available to you, and if necessary will take action assisting you in obtaining an emergency restraining order and provide for your physical safety.
Want to talk to someone right now?
877-785-2020 (Hotline)
Safelink is the Massachusetts statewide crisis and referral, toll-free, domestic violence hotline, providing translation for 140 different languages

National Domestic Violence Hotline
800-799-SAFE (7233)
800-787-3224 (TTY)
24 hours a day, 365 days a year

Voices Against Violence
508-626-8686 (Hotline)
800-593-1125 (Hotline)
508-820-0834 (Framingham Office)
Voices provides free and confidential services to victims of domestic/partner violence and sexual assault in the Metrowest area, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

REACH Beyond Domestic Violence
PO Box 540024
800-899-4000 (24 Hour Hotline)
781-891-0724 (Waltham Office)
REACH is committed to advancing the safety, healing, and empowerment of those who experience domestic or relationship violence, through direct services.

Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence
617-338-2355 (24 Hour Multilingual Helpline)
617-338-2350 (Boston Office)
The Asian Task Force Against domestic Violence (ATASK) provides services for Asian domestic violence survivors in the Greater Boston and Lowell areas, including low-income immigrants with limited English language capabilities.

Need a Place to Stay Tonight?

Alternative House
11 Kearney Square
P.O. Box 2100
Lowell, MA 01851
978-454-1436 (Hotline)
888-291-6228 (Office)
For battered women and their children (boys to 12).

Battered Women's Resources/YWCA
P.O. Box 1209
Leominster, MA 01453
978-537-8601 (24 hour Hotline)
978-537-2306 (Leominster Office)
For battered women and their children.

Women's Resource Center
599 Canal St.
Lorenzo Building, 5th floor
Lawrence, MA 01840
800-400-4700 (Hotline)
For battered women; children (boys to 13).

Women's Resource Center
P.O. Box 2503
Fitchburg, MA 01420
978-685-2480 (Hotline)
For battered women and their children.

Certified Batterers Intervention Programs

RESPECT Program of New Hope, Inc.
91 Prescott Street
Worcester, MA 01605
877-222-0083 (toll free)
Language(s) Served: English, Spanish
Group Site(s): Worcester.

P.A.V.E. Program of Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.
76 Summer Street, Suite 140
Fitchburg, MA 01420
978-343-2433 x6108
Language(s) Served: English, Spanish
Group Site(s): Fitchburg, Framingham, Webster, Westborough, Worcester

Legal Resources

Legal Advocacy and Resource Center (LARC)
Hotline: 800-342-5297
Provides a free legal hotline to all low income Massachusetts residents.

Ayer District Court
Main Number 978-772-2100
Restraining Orders available between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM
After 4:30 PM, contact Pepperell Police Department 978-433-2424

Other Resources to Help you
Jane Doe, Inc.
Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
617-263-2200 TTY/TDD
Provides information about sexual assault and domestic violence.

Journey to Safety
781-647-JFCS (5327)
Jewish Family & Children's Service

Domestic Violence Services Network
888-399-6111 (Helpline)
Concord MA 01742
In partnership with the local police departments, DVSN provides outreach and direct support to victims of domestic abuse.

Health and Human Services -

U.S. Department of justice - Office of violence against women


Divorce Source - Massachusetts Domestic Violence Shelters

Emerge - Education to stop Domestic Violence

Gay Men's Domestic Violence Project

Help for Abused Woman and their Children - North shore of Mass