Victims of violence and their families will no longer have to travel to Boston for services.
Attorney General Maura Healey said it was a great day for victims and survivors, after announcing the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance received $9 million in funding, that will support 25 programs.
The Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance known as MOVA opened their second location in Northampton Thursday.
The $9 million grant will provide free services for victims of violence, in all four western Massachusetts counties.
Board member Josh Moulton, lost his sister Rebecca Moulton to domestic violence. He said, MOVA helped his family during an extremely tough time.
“I don’t know how we would have gone thru that process without these people,” said Moulton. “I mean, these are the people who help you navigate, what days you have to be in court. What your role is in all the legal proceedings.”
Moulton’s sister was killed in Pittsfield in 2009.
Safe passage Director, Marianne Winters, told 22News, the grant money doubled their funding. They were awarded a $600,000 grant for two years.
Outside of MOVA’s Boston location, the Northampton office will provide vital services & outreach to victims and their families here in the Pioneer Valley.