Victims of Violence

Alert: Some CHA centers and services will be closed on Columbus Day, October 14th. Please see this schedule for details.

Experiencing violence whether personally or in your community is often traumatizing. The Victims of Violence Program (VOV) recognizes the value of community-based social action to prevent violence and the importance of empowering care. Our group treatment program can help you mobilize resiliency, promote renewed hope and restore your self-esteem by reducing your isolation and strengthening your connections to your community. VOV focuses first on personal safety, then on dealing with the effects of violence which often leads to empowered relationships with others.

Your Care at its Best

Need Immediate Assistance?

  • SafeLink's Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-877-785-2020
  • Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Hotline: 1-800-841-8371
  • 911

We’re Here to Help:

  • For survivors of a violent crime within the past six months, call Acute Crime Crisis Services: 617-591-6033.
  • For assistance in safety planning and connecting to community resources, call Victim Services Specialist: 617-665-2992
  • For those who have lost someone to homicide, call Homicide Bereavement Services: 617-591-6123
  • For individual psychotherapy, call 617-591-6033
  • For group psychotherapy services for trauma, call Groups Coordinator: 617-591-6104

Support Services

VOV offers specific programs for people dealing with trauma and violence – physical, sexual, or war-related political trauma. Please contact your primary care provider for a referral. Specific services include:

Assessment and Trauma Treatment: Clinical care (crisis intervention, psychological assessment, treatment planning and psychotherapy) for adult survivors of physical and sexual violence.

Group Programs: A wide array of groups offered, including groups for adult survivors of childhood abuse and domestic violence and groups for parents, partners, siblings and children of murdered family members.

Acute Crimes Services: Crisis intervention and response (initial crisis assessment, treatment planning and episodic or time-limited crisis-focused psychotherapy) for acutely traumatized crime victims and their families.

Center for Homicide Bereavement: Learn to cope with the realities of losing a loved one from homicide.

Victim Resource Center: Support for survivors of violence in accessing community resources, medical services and the courts. Call 617-665-2992.


VOV provides trauma support at multiple locations to individuals and families who are CHA patients, most of whom live in the MetroNorth service area of CHA.

    Contact Us

  • Central Street Health Center

    26 Central Street Somerville, MA 02143
    P: (617) 591-6360 F: (617) 581-6029