Victims of Child Abuse

Cases involving children who have been sexually or physically abused are handled by the District Attorney’s Child Protection Unit. For more information please call: (617) 619-4300.

District Attorney Conley’s Child Protection Unit is composed of prosecutors, advocates, forensic interviewers, and other support staff who are trained and experienced in working with children and survivors of trauma. They work closely with detectives and other partner agencies in order to best meet the needs of abuse survivors and their non-offending caregivers.

Very often, the decision to disclose abuse is one of the most difficult choices for a person to make. For that reason, District Attorney Conley and his staff seek to honor the survivors of child abuse who have spoken out for their bravery and let others know that they are not alone.  Now You See: A Celebration of Courageous Kids is a nationally recognized photo exhibit created by members of District Attorney Conley’s staff that honors children and adult survivors who have taken part in Suffolk County prosecutions and gives them the opportunity to speak directly to others who have suffered abuse.  Images from the collection and more information on the project can be found here.

You can also view the Suffolk County DA’s Child Advocacy Center’s homepage.

To report child abuse to The Department of Children and Families (DCF), call the Child-at-Risk Hotline at: 1-800-792-5200

See the CAC’s list of Partner Agencies:

Boston Medical Center
Boston Police Department
Boston Public Schools
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Carney Hospital
Chelsea Police Department
Children’s Hospital
City of Boston
Common Purpose
Department of Mental Health
Department of Children and Families
Judge Baker Children’s Center

Massachusetts General Hospital
Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Tufts Medical Center
Revere Police Department
The Trauma Center
Winthrop Police Department

Child Witnesses
Children who must testify in court often find the experience confusing and frightening. The District Attorney’s Victim Witness Assistance Program is specially equipped to prepare children for their courtroom appearance. If your child is scheduled to testify in a criminal case, you can contact the Child Abuse Unit at: (617) 619-4300.

For more information, you can also view the Suffolk DA’s Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) homepage.