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Domestic Violence Information & Resources

Cambridge Police

Abuse is not just physical, it can also be verbal, emotional, mental, financial, or sexual. If you have concerns about being in an abusive situation, or know someone who is, there is support available. As “social distancing” is encouraged, we understand that domestic and/or sexual violence might increase in the home. Individuals may be isolated with an abusive partner or household member, be in fear and unable to access critical services for safety and support.

Please find important information and available resources in and around Cambridge for at-risk individuals and families who are in need of support due to domestic violence, sexual violence, family violence, and partner abuse.

I am not ready to report domestic and/or sexual violence however I want to connect with someone to learn about my options.

There are free and confidential resources available to help you think about your options including:

  • Safety planning resources for survivors to learn how they and their families can stay safe.
  • A safe and confidential space in which to talk about your relationship or someone else’s.
  • A direct connection to domestic violence programs across Massachusetts
  • Referrals to local domestic violence and other community resources
  • Support and resources for anyone who is concerned about a victim of domestic violence

Information about domestic and dating violence

MA Statewide Option: Safelink
24/7 Hotline: 877-785-2020
24/7 free, multilingual hotline that can provide free and confidential support for survivors of domestic violence.
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Local Domestic Violence Support in Cambridge: Transition House
24/7 Hotline: 617-661-7203
Offers free and confidential support for survivors of domestic violence.
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Local Sexual Violence Support in Cambridge: Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC)
24/7 Hotline: 800-841-8371
Webchat: Chat Here (9:00 AM - 11:00 PM)
Offers free and confidential crisis support and resources for sexual violence survivors.
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Local Domestic and Sexual Violence Support for LGTBQ/T: The Network La Red
24/7 Hotline: 800-832-1901 (Toll-Free)
24-hour hotline provides confidential emotional support, information, referrals, safety planning, and crisis intervention for (LGBQ/T) folks, as well as folks in SM/kink and polyamorous communities who are being abused or have been abused by a partner.
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I want to know what happens after my partner/family member is arrested (bail, arraignment, etc.) for domestic violence?

If your partner or family member is arrested for a domestic violence related offense, there are a few things you may want to know. Once the person who was arrested has been booked and processed at the police station, then they will be transported by a police officer to court to appear before a judge to be formally charged with the crime(s) committed. If the court is closed and they are 18 years or older, they will be held in custody for a minimum of 6 hours in compliance with Massachusetts domestic violence guidelines. A bail magistrate will decide if they are eligible for bail release or if they will be held in custody until the next business day and taken to court directly.

There are several factors taken into consideration when the bail magistrate decides if someone is eligible for bail (i.e. history of not showing up to court, if there is a restraining order in effect, if the victim is seeking an emergency restraining order, and other factors.) Once the offender appears in the District/Juvenile Court they will be arraigned by a judge. This is called an arraignment hearing. At the arraignment hearing the judge will decide if the offender will be released or held in custody. They judge may also decide to order certain conditions for the offender to abide by such as not to abuse you, to stay away from you and have no contact with you, GPS monitoring bracelet, drug/alcohol testing, etc.

You can expect to be contacted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office (MDAO) before and after the arraignment with updates regarding the arraignment. You will be offered the option to seek a protection order at this time if you do not already have one.

To check on the custody status of a person who has been arrested in Cambridge you may call the Cambridge Police Department Shift Commander at 617-349-3393.

If the crime occured in Cambridge and the arrested person is over 18, they appear in the Cambridge District Court for their arraignment.

If the crime occured in Cambridge and the arrested person is under 18, they appear in the Cambridge Juvenile Court for their arraignment.

To obtain information about an arraignment hearing you may contact the MDAO Victim Witness Bureau: 781-897-8300 or the Cambridge Police Department Victim Advocate: 617-349-3371.

Learn more about the criminal court process.

I want to know the status of a pending domestic or sexual violence prosecution or police investigation

If you are the victim in an open court prosecution case in Cambridge District Court or the Middlesex Superior Court and you would like to know the status of your case, you can contact the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office Victim Witness Bureau at 781-897-8300.

If you would like to know that status of an open domestic violence or sexual assault police investigation, please call the detective assigned to your case or call the Cambridge Police Victim Assistance Program at 617-349-3371.

I want to set up an a time to retrieve my personal belongings with a police escort

To schedule a police escorted property pick up please contact the Domestic Violence Unit Supervisor by phone or email. An agreed upon time will be arranged between the involved parties. Approximately 20 minutes will be provided at no cost. If additional time is needed you may be required to hire a minimum 4 hour police detail.

Phone: 617-349-9764 

Emaildvsaunit@cambridgepolice.org

 

PLEASE BE AWARE IF THERE IS AN ACTIVE PROTECTION ORDER IN EFFECT IT COULD BE CONSIDERED A CRIME TO RETRIEVE PERSONAL PROPERTY WITHOUT A POLICE ESCORT AT A TIME AGREED TO BY THE PLAINTIFF.
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