The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) is highly regarded among survivors and professionals and offers individual counseling, group counseling, and educational workshops. To see the current listing of group counseling and workshops, visit this link. As of December 2019, BARCC offers services in their Waltham office. Their 24/7 hotline is: 800-841-8371.
REACH Beyond Domestic Violence is the local domestic violence shelter in the Waltham area. They provide shelter, therapy, support groups, advocacy, and more. Visit their Direct Services page to learn more about what they offer. Their 24/7 hotline is: 800-899-4000.
The Violence Recovery Program (VRP) at Fenway Health has several locations across Massachusetts-- the closest location is in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston. VRP provides counseling, support groups, advocacy, and referral services for anyone who has experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, and anti-LGBTQ hate violence.
The Network/La Red provides individual support, support groups, housing support, and more. Services are available in both English and Spanish. The Network is also located in Boston. Their 24/7 hotline is: 617-742-4911.
The Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, in Boston, offers counseling, legal advocacy, immigration support, and much more to those who have experienced domestic violence. They are able to offer services in Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Shanghainese, Taiwanese, Khmer, Korean, Japanese, Nepali, Hindi, Bangla, Tagalog, Urdu, Thai, Manipuri, Lao, and Mien. Their 24/7 hotline is: 617-338-2355.
There are so many different ways we can ground and support ourselves. Here are some ideas:
Check out PARC's Grounding Techniques Handout for more ideas of how to support yourself emotionally in the moment.
Safety planning is a way to think ahead of time about strategies to stay safe-- which can reduce risk-- and get through difficult situations you might encounter. For emotional safety, you can think about calling someone who cares about you, grounding skills, self-care techniques, or going to a safe(r) space.
A safety plan is meant to be tailored to your own experience and will look different for everyone depending on what their immediate and future safety concerns are. Think about what works for you and what makes you feel empowered in reclaiming your sense of safety and security. Your plan may shift over time, but overall, the goal of a safety plan is to make you feel as safe as possible, whatever your current circumstances may be. This can be an overwhelming process, so remember to take care of yourself and that it is okay not to have an answer for everything!
If you would like help with safety planning, PARC can help guide you through the process. Our hotline and anonymous chat function can also be used to talk to an advocate about safety planning or might even be part of your emotional safety plan!