Support for Survivors during COVID-19
Last updated on 6/25/2020
During this time, the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center is offering virtual support in Survivor Services, including advocacy, counseling, legal assistance and support groups. While social distancing is important during this pandemic, we know this is an especially difficult time for those who experience domestic violence. We will do everything we can to continue to provide our services to those that need it.
As always, our 24/7 Confidential Hotline is available at (978) 388-1888; (800) 439-0183 (TTY)
Our physical offices in Newburyport, Amesbury and Lawrence are currently closed. We are monitoring COVID-19 on a daily basis and will update this page regularly.
How to Access our Services:
Periods of crisis like this can be particularly unsafe for survivors, some of whom may be forced into close contact with an abusive partner, and many of whom will face additional financial hardships.
Advocacy, Counseling and Legal Services
Our team is providing phone and video support to new and existing survivors including advocacy and safety planning, counseling, legal assistance and support groups. The team will have uninterrupted access to email and voicemail while working remotely during regular business hours.
Children’s Trauma Program
Our Children’s Trauma Program is providing phone support to parents, and emergent child survivor needs will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
How to Reach Us:
Phone: (978) 834-9710 (Amesbury office) or (978) 989-9361 (Children’s Trauma Program in Lawrence). You will be directed by an automatic greeting to leave a voicemail for the person you are trying to reach and staff will return your call.
Our 24/7 Confidential Hotline is always available: (978) 388-1888; (800) 439-0183 (TTY).
Currently, the Massachusetts Courts are open to conduct business virtually. Court buildings remain closed to the public until July 13, 2020 except for some emergencies. Please follow this link for more details.
On July 13, 2020 the courts will physically re-open to the public for certain limited purposes. After July 13, 2020, to continue to limit the number of persons entering Courthouses, all Courts will continue to conduct most Court business virtually (i.e. by telephone, video conference, email, or comparable means, or through the electronic filing system) in both civil and criminal cases. Please follow this link to see a summary of the most recent order from the Supreme Judicial Court on the physical re-opening process.
Emergency matters are being heard by video conference or telephone. The Standing Orders define what is an emergency matter in each department of the Court. You can follow this link to read the standing orders and updated press releases for each Court. Each Court may also hear non-emergency matters as they determine appropriate.
For more details on District or Probate and Family Courts, click here.