Domestic Violence Resources

Domestic violence is defined as "a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviors – tactics used by one person over another to gain power or control.” These can be physical, sexual, financial, emotional, verbal, psychological, identity and neglect.

You may be experiencing domestic violence if your partner, significant other, caregiver, or family member does any of the following:

  • Physically harms you. This includes hits, shakes, pushing, holding you down, burns, bites, and trying to scare you with physical violence
  • Engages in sexual contact without your consent. This includes threatening to use sexual history against you and rape
  • Withholds money or paychecks from you. This can also include using money in exchange for sexual activities. You may notice sudden changes in finances, or anxiety/fear about finances
  • Denies you food, shelter, medications, care or clothing or subjects you to a dirty or unsafe living environment, dirty clothing or poor hygiene
  • Subjects you to name-calling, harassment, stalking, or degradation
  • Uses religion, nationality or sexual orientation to threaten or intimidate you

If you or a loved one are experiencing domestic violence, it is important to know that there are numerous resources available, many 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:

  • Lahey Hospital & Medical Center Social Work: (781) 744-5100
    -Emergency beeper: (781) 744-8143
  • REACH 24-Hour Hotline: (800) 899-4000
    -Advocate at Burlington Police: (781) 270-2991
  • HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change): (800) 547-1649
  • SAFELINK Statewide Hotline: (877) 785-2020
  • Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC): (800) 841-8371
  • EMERGE abuser education: (617) 547-9879
  • SAHELI support for South Asian women: (866) 472-4354
  • Rape Crisis Centers
    -North Shore: (800) 922-8772
    -Greater Lowell: (800) 542-5212
  • Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence: (617) 557-1800
  • Jane Doe, Inc.: (617) 248-0993 or  

It is also important to remember that domestic violence or abuse can affect your general health. Bruising, bleeding, broken bones, and depression are all potential physical effects of domestic violence that are just as necessary to address and treat as the emotional and mental wounds.