The Domestic Violence Services Network (DVSN) grew out of a needs assessment conducted by the Concord Carlisle Community Chest in 1995. DVSN offers unconditional support to families in Middlesex County living with domestic violence. Staff and highly trained volunteers listen sensitively to callers, assess the level of risk, identify options of action and refer callers to confidential sources. It has been documented that 7.5% of all calls to police in one unnamed privileged town in MetroWest Boston are related to domestic violence, including elder abuse, child abuse and spousal abuse. Further, it is estimated that approximately 50% of all domestic violence cases go unreported. Concord and Carlisle residents are fortunate to have DVSN available to support our most vulnerable community members.
Our funding helps support the recruitment, training and supervision of victim advocates as well as a coordinated and compassionate community response to—and support for—victims of domestic violence in Concord and Carlisle.