What Can I Do About Domestic Violence or Rape?
Here are some numbers to help you. Call for help, for advice, for emergency shelter, for groups, for counseling, or just to talk. Sometimes talking to an advocate, even anonymously, is the first step out of the situation.
A 24-hour hotline
Rape or Sexual Assault
If you are raped, get to a safe place. Call 911 if you want police help. Call someone you trust to be with you. You can call the Crisis Center (below) for advice about what you should do next or to request someone to accompany you to the hospital. If you decide to have a medical evaluation and treatment to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and HIV, go to a hospital emergency room and ask for a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) nurse who is specially trained to treat rape survivors. Cambridge Hospital, Mass General, Beth Israel Deaconess, Boston Medical, Brigham & Women’s and Newton Wellesley all have SANE nurses on call.
BARCC Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
617-492-7273, 617-492-RAPE (7273) or 1-800-841-8371
This is an organization that offers services to rape survivors. Call for information 24 hours a day. They offer short term counseling, medical advocates to go to the hospital with you, help with legal questions, and other services.