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IMPORTANT COVID-19 RESPONSE INFORMATION - updated 5/4/2020

We here at Wentworth are here to support you during this time.  While the courts may be physically closed, they are still able to process protection orders, abuse prevention orders, harassment prevention orders, and requests for same.  We encourage you to work with your local law enforcement to assist you.  These departments have received special instructions from the court and will be able to assist you by working directly with the courts, day or night.

Similarly, the Boston Police Department has released the following Public Safety Advisory and List of Support Services available to victims of Domestic Violence:  

With community members staying home more than ever before in an effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, the Boston Police Department recognizes the impact that COVID-19 is having on families in our community and the fact that some may find themselves confined with an abuser. 

This isolation could potentially put some members of our community in danger of being abused. But, make no mistake, you are not alone and no one deserves to be abused. To those in need of help, there are resources available to you. Please reach out if you, or someone you know, is in need of help or safety planning. 

In the case of an emergency, CALL 9-1-1. 

Community members wanting to report any case of domestic violence, that is not occurring at the moment, may do so anonymously by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to aid or help any victim of domestic violence in an anonymous manner. 

Listed below are several domestic violence programs available in the Boston area.

  • Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence
  • Association of Haitian Women in Boston/ Asosiyasyon Fanm Ayisyen nan Boston (AFAB)
  • Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC)
  • Casa Myrna Vasquez
  • Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS)

If you believe you or someone you know has been impacted by sexual misconduct or harassment, you are urged to immediately notify the police and/or seek medical attention.

Emergency Response

  • Wentworth Public Safety Emergency: (617) 989-4444
  • Boston Police Emergency: 911
  • Sexual Assault Unit: (617) 343-0044

Confidential Health and Safety

Medical Treatment

  • You may seek medical care without reporting the crime to the police. Go to the hospital emergency room for treatment of injuries, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, and crisis intervention and emotional support services. Physical evidence for medical/legal services can also be collected at this time. Evidence can be collected within 5 days of the assault. 
  • Local emergency room 
  • SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner)-certified nurses are specifically trained to perform exams and collect forensic evidence from sexual assault survivors. You can seek medical care whether or not you report the assault to the police. You may receive free care and do not have to use your insurance. 

For follow-up medical services

Counseling and Emotional Support

On-Campus Confidential Counseling

  • Wentworth Center for Wellness: (617) 989-4390 - located in Watson 001 (https://wit.edu/wellness-disability-services
  • By contracting with ProtoCall, the nation's leading provider for telephonic behavioral health services, Wentworth students have access to Masters and Doctoral-level counselors outside of the center's normal business hours of 8:15 am to 4:45 pm Monday through Friday. To access call 617-989-4390

Off-Campus Confidential Counseling

  • Massachusetts Safelink – 24 hour domestic violence hotline: (877) 841-8371
  • GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project – 24 hour hotline: (800) 832-1901
  • Boston Area Rape Crisis Hotline: (800) 841-8371
  • The Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (for those who have served in the military, currently serve in the military, members of the ROTC): (877) 995-5247 http://www.sapr.mil/