for Immediate Help
If you are in immediate distress or are experiencing a medical emergency, dial 911 or your region’s emergency services number.
While our apporach is a long-term process, we recognize that some people need immediate assistance. Below is a list of national and local resources that may be useful.
Emergency Mental Health Services
and Suicide Prevention
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States. Help is available. Speak with someone right now. Call 800-273-8255 — se habla español.
The Trevor Project
Text ‘START’ to 678-678 or Call us at 1-866-488-7386
The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) young people.
Boston Emergency Services Team (BEST)
The Boston Emergency Services Team (BEST Team Boston) provides emergency mental health services in greater Boston for adults, youth and children in crisis. If you or someone in your family is in crisis, please call 800-981-4357 for guidance. This toll-free number can be used 24 hours a day, seven days a week to obtain services. Staff at the 800-981-HELP Call Center will provide support, information, referral, or arrange an in-person evaluation. The Call Center will dispatch mobile clinicians to intervene at the site of the crisis unless a different setting is requested by a family or if the containment of a more secure setting is required.
Child Abuse and Neglect Resources
MA Child Protective Services
Call the Child-at-Risk Hotline at (800) 792-5200
Report child abuse or neglect. 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.
Domestic Violence Resources
Chat online at: CasaMyrna.org/chat
Or Call the SafeLink toll-free number (877) 785-2020
Massachusetts residents experiencing domestic violence that are seeking emergency shelter, information about options and safety planning, or are questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship and wish to access free, confidential, 24/7 support can call SafeLink, a toll-free, multi-lingual hotline (877) 785 2020.
Riverside Community Care
1. CABHART: High Risk Domestic Violence Assessment and Response 617-354-3911
2. Children with Voices: Child Witness to Violence Program 617-284-5141
3. The Meeting Place: Supervised Child Access Service 617-354-2275
Provides free and confidential services to families in Cambridge, Somerville, and other surrounding communities. For support or to learn more about how these programs are operating during COVID19 call the following numbers [above].
Victim Resource Center (VRC) at Cambridge Health Alliance
Call the Trauma Resource and Support Program at 617-665-2992
VRC provides crisis intervention, safety planning, risk assessment, referrals and information to other community and public programs, legal advocacy, symptom management skills for trauma related symptoms as well as psych education on dynamics of abuse and the impact of trauma, and a healthy relationship group.
Fenway Health * BOSTON
The National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center provides educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and all sexual and gender minority (LGBTQIA+) people.
Sexual Violence Resources
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC)
Call the 24/7 Hotline 1-800-841-8371
Or Chat Online here: https://m2.icarol.com/ConsumerRegistration.aspx?org=110675&pid=374
We are here to help you. We offer free, confidential support services to survivors of sexual violence ages 12 and older, their loved ones and friends, and professionals. We work with survivors regardless of when the violence occurred, and our goal is to empower survivors to heal.
For survivors with questions about the sexual assault exam and evidence collection, contact the hotline or visit surviverape.org/ for more information, and reach out to the Forensic Information Line at 866-463-3799
Massachusetts Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program
If a sexual assault occurred within 5 days patients may choose to have trauma- informed care, medical forensic exam and forensic evidence collection. Patients may choose to receive medical care for injuries, medications to prevent sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy and HIV infection, and have access to rape crisis services. Locally, SANE designated hospitals include: Beth Israel Deaconess, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Cambridge Hospital, Mass General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital.
Persons Protection Commission (DPPC) SARU
Call DPPC 24/7 Hotline to report abuse or neglect: 800-426-9009
The Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC) operates a 24-hour Hotline to which citizens of the Commonwealth can report incidents of suspected abuse involving adults with disabilities.
JUSTIA Lawyers has a great list services nationally. Here is a list of Legal aid and Pro Bono Services in the Boston Area.
Boston, Massachusetts Employment Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services
Click here for a list of resrouces in the Boston Area.