Victim Services

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.  In addition, District Attorney Rollins has designated a specially-trained victim witness advocate to serve as the office’s LGBTQ community liaison.  This advocate provides culturally informed and compassionate services to LGBTQ victims and is responsible for tracking their cases from investigation through prosecution.  The advocate can also provide referrals for services, safety planning, and other necessary resources and services available to victims and witnesses.