MAPS, a private, nonprofit organization with offices in Cambridge, Somerville, Brighton, Dorchester, Lowell and Framingham, has provided culturally and linguistically competent health and social services to Portuguese speakers since 1970. MAPS has provided Domestic Violence Prevention, Individual Assistance, Case Management, Advocacy and related services to Portuguese- and Cape Verdean Creole-speaking women since 1996, and Sexual Assault-related Services to this community since 2010. The agency also provides an Intimate Partner Abuse Educational Program for male perpetrators of domestic violence, including contacts with their partners/spouses who have been victimized. The Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services Program provides outreach, intakes, assessments, interventions, case management, safety planning, counseling, interpretation, translation, advocacy, and, more recently, support groups, for Brazilian, Cape Verdean and Portuguese DV and sexual assault victims/survivors.
BARCC is a national leader in offering comprehensive and free services for survivors of sexual violence, including a 24-hour hotline, 24-hour support for medical care, individual and group counseling, and legal assistance. The agency also promotes community awareness and prevention services through partnerships and training with organizations and communities. BARCC's vision is to end sexual violence through healing and social change. BARCC works with thousands of survivors of sexual violence and their families, friends, and communities every year, regardless of gender, gender identity, race, physical or intellectual disability, income, ethnicity, social class, religion, or sexual orientation. BARCC serves 29 cities in its offices in Cambridge and Boston. BARCC offers services in English and Spanish, with other languages available on request.
The Center for Hope and Healing (formerly the Rape Crisis Services of Greater Lowell) is dedicated to the healing and empowerment of survivors of rape and sexual assault through counseling, advocacy, and education. The Center provides free counseling to survivors of sexual assault, friends, and family. The organization, founded in 1976 by a group of physicians, social workers and students, is located conveniently in downtown Lowell. The Center for Hope and Healing offers a 24- hour hotline, support groups, medical and legal advocacy, and provides community education.