The Victim Witness Assistance Program of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office provides information, support, and assistance to witnesses, victims of violence, and their family members.
Domestic Violence Victims
Intimate partner and family violence occurs across all racial, gender, sexual orientation, religious, social, and economic demographics. It’s important for victims to know that our office provides dedicated and compassionate professionals who will listen closely, help ensure their safety, and hold their abusers accountable.
Sexual Assault Victims
Sexual assault can happen to anyone, regardless of their age, ethnicity, gender, or orientation. Understanding that many survivors may be reluctant to report an assault for any number of reasons, our prosecutors, victim witness advocates, and partner agencies are committed to providing a safe, confidential, and victim-centered environment to discuss services and options.
Victims of Child Abuse
Children are among the most vulnerable people we serve. Survivors of child abuse, who have often been hurt by the very people responsible for their safety and wellbeing, confront special challenges when it comes to disclosing that harm. They may: blame themselves; fear retaliation or disbelief; or have conflicted emotions about reporting abuse by a family member they depended on.
Elders & Persons with Disabilities
The staff of the Elders and Persons with Disabilities work with people age 60 and older and those of all ages living with physical or intellectual challenges who have been harmed by abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation. Prosecutors and advocates know the importance of investigating and trying these cases in such a way as to maintain the dignity of victims while ensuring that those responsible are held accountable for their crimes.
Victims of Hate Crimes
Absolutely everyone has the right to feel safe and to be treated with respect and dignity. In Suffolk County, any reported crime motivated by bias based on race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability is reviewed by a senior prosecutor to ensure that the offense is properly charged under the applicable Massachusetts laws.
Victims of Human Trafficking
Despite its portrayal in popular culture as harmless and even glamorous, prostitution is anything but. Survivors of human trafficking often come from backgrounds of trauma, substance use disorder, and other concerns that leave them reluctant to turn to police and prosecutors for help.