Casa Myrna’s Boston-based services help people who have experienced domestic violence to recover from the trauma of abuse and begin to build sustainable self-sufficiency. All services are free of charge and can be provided in English or in Spanish. Casa Myrna operates Safelink, the statewide 24/7 domestic violence crisis hotline (see Safelink listing for more information). Casa Myrna also operates three residential programs (shelters) in Boston for adults and their children made homeless by domestic and dating violence. People of any gender can participate in Casa Myrna’s programs.
- Safety Planning – victims of domestic violence learn how they and their families can stay safe
- Supportive Listening – they provide a safe space in which to talk about what’s happening in your relationship
- Direct connection to domestic violence shelter programs across Massachusetts
- Referrals to local domestic violence and community services
- Support and resources for anyone who is concerned about a victim of domestic violence
- Legal Advocacy Program: This program seeks to address the unmet legal needs of victims of domestic violence who, due to linguistic, cultural, and financial barriers, would not be able to access representation through normal channels. Lawyers and legal staff assist survivors with abuse prevention orders, child custody and support, divorce, immigration, and housing. The program includes a Legal HelpLine (617.521.0146), where callers can leave a message at any time. Call the Legal Helpline or SafeLink for more information.
- Counseling Services: Trained counselors provide individual therapy and support groups for victims of domestic violence, as well as referrals to specialized counseling services in the community. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call SafeLink for more information.
- Housing Advocacy: Housing Specialists work with survivors who have been made homeless by domestic violence, or who need to find alternative housing options due to ongoing violence in their homes. Participants are helped to assess their housing needs and given guidance in identifying, applying for, and securing permanent, affordable housing. The program also helps secure donations of household items and assistance with moving expenses. Email email@example.com or call SafeLink for more information.
- SOAR (Stability, Opportunity, Achievement, Results): A Self-Sufficiency Specialist works with survivors as they set and pursue educational, vocational and employment goals, teaching them to budget, save, and plan for sustainable self-sufficiency. The program provides 5-week workshops and individual counseling sessions that help victims of domestic violence learn to review their credit histories, repair bad credit, open savings or checking accounts and master the realities of budgeting and sound financial planning. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call SafeLink for more information.
- Community Advocacy: Bilingual Spanish/English Community Advocacy Specialists are available at sites throughout Boston, including Dorchester District Court, Roxbury District Court, South End Community Health Center, Upham’s Corner Health Center, Brookview House, and the Family Justice Center Boston. Call 617.521.0116 for current schedule.