CONNECT to end violence
The mission of CONNECT to end violence is to reduce domestic and sexual violence on Martha’s Vineyard by changing the social norms through education, advocacy, and community mobilization, and providing crisis intervention services including advocacy, counseling, and support services for victims.
CONNECT works with individuals using the empowerment model. The CONNECT team believes that all individuals know what is best for them and that those we work with make decisions that are safest for them based on their life circumstances. CONNECT provides options to individuals through educating them on resources available in our community to promote their well-being and safety.
CONNECT to end violence is a domestic violence and rape crisis center providing services to individuals on Martha’s Vineyard since 1981; all services are free and confidential. CONNECT is a community-based program that provides short-term counseling, advocacy, court accompaniment, medical accompaniment, police accompaniment, and referral services. CONNECT has a 24 Hour Hotline that is staffed by our trained rape crisis counselors who provide immediate response to any physical or emotional crisis arising from domestic violence and/or sexual violence. CONNECT also provides services to children and/or family members of victims/survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence.
CONNECT partners with other community organizations and the Island schools to provide educational workshops on topics regarding domestic violence.
CONNECT funding is provided by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance, Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), and by private contributions.
For more information about MVCS CONNECT to End Violence call 774-549-9667 or email Jennifer Neary, Program Director.
Helpful Phone Numbers
24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 508-696-SAFE (7233)
State Police: 508-693-0545
Martha’s Vineyard Hospital: 508-693-0410
Legal Services: 800-742-4107
Edgartown District Court: 508-627-3751
Island Counseling Center Emergency Services: 508-693-0032