MOVA Letter in Response to Recent Tragedies of Violence

June 1, 2020

Good afternoon,

We at the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance are greatly saddened and angered by the recent tragedies and the widespread violence taking place across our country. Our hearts are with the loved ones of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many more lost to senseless acts of violence. The grave injustices experienced by these families, and so many Black Americans, must be addressed through thoughtful and inclusive change.

As a government agency, MOVA is dedicated to ensuring that all crime victims equitably receive rights and services under the Massachusetts Victim Bill of Rights. We know systemic barriers and marginalization disproportionately perpetuate crime in communities of color across our Commonwealth. As we continue to fulfill our mission to uphold and advance the rights of crime victims, MOVA is committed to ensuring programming and services are accessible to all victims and survivors.

We cannot and will not do this alone. We will collaborate with partners and stakeholders to make informed decisions addressing victim rights for all populations. We will continue to stand with our community through these unconscionable tragedies.

For anyone struggling or experiencing trauma with the recent events taking place across our country, know that you are not alone. Help is available.

For free resources in MA, visit www.mass.gov/askMOVA or call (844)-878–MOVA (6682).

If you’re experiencing distress due to the recent events, call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 to be connected with a trained professional.

Wishing you and your loved ones peace and health.

Liam Lowney
Executive Director
Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance


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