Police & Court Advocacy
(For more information, or to request a Counselor meet you at a Police Station, please contact our 24 hour Hotline at 800-870-5905. To request a Counselor meet you at a Court, please contact Linda Rutherford at 508-852-7600 x113)
“…[we] truly felt lost and confused at times as to what should be the next
step to help support our [loved one]… but your informational packet and
experienced words of guidance proved indispensable in giving us some
direction as to where to find the resources and answers…”
With the Police: Far too many individuals feel like they have no options, rights or choices after sexual assault. Pathways for change Advocates can help you better understand your options about reporting. For instance, did you know that reporting to the police is your choice? We can also help you understand your options for staying safe. Advocates can meet you at the police station 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as well as provide legal referrals to ensure you have as many supports in place as possible.
Within the Court: Advocates can provide accompaniment, support, information and referrals through the criminal justice systems. Court advocacy requires a 5 day advanced notice prior to the court date. At Pathways for Change we provide options, but if at any point you need legal advice, contact Victim Rights Law Center 617-399-6720 (www.victimrights.org). This is a group of lawyers who provide FREE legal consultation to survivors in order to help
protect your rights.
If you would like to learn more about your legal options, please call our toll free
24/7/365 hotline. A counselor is always available to offer you; support, information and
assistance in getting connected with an advocate.
- 24/7/365 Hotline: 1-800-870-5905
- Deaf & HOHindividuals can access the hotline 24/7 via
- MassRelay (711) or
- Video Relay: 866-327-8877
- En Español: 800-223-5001(24/7)
- Voice: 508-852-7600 (Weekdays 9a-5p)
- Video Phone: 508-502-7681 (Weekdays 9a-5p)
- TTY: 888-887-7130 (Weekdays 9a-5p)