CONNECT to end violence
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.
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 is a community-based program that provides:
- Short-term counseling
- Court accompaniment
- Medical accompaniment
- Police accompaniment
- 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.
Jennifer Neary, Program Director
Helpful Phone Numbers
|24 Hour Crisis Hotline||508-696-SAFE (7233)|
|Martha’s Vineyard Hospital||508-693-0410|
|Edgartown District Court||508-627-3751|
|Island Counseling Center Emergency Services||508-693-0032|