“We’re not here to define what someone’s relationship is. We meet people where they are. We believe that survivors are experts in their own story.”
– Jennifer Neary, CONNECT Program Director

Court Advocacy

CONNECT staff can help survivors navigate the court process, sexual assault and domestic violence laws, and other legal protections.  Court advocates offer support, advocacy, and are present at Edgartown District Court. Court advocates are available upon request.

We can assist and provide support when applying for a Restraining Order (209A) including:

If you are a victim in a criminal case, CONNECT advocates can support you through the criminal process. Advocates can also support you and assist in navigating through divorce and custody issues within the Probate Court.

Please note, CONNECT counselors do not provide legal advice, but will support you throughout the process.

Medical Accompaniment

CONNECT advocates will support you through the hospital process and advocate for your best care 24-hours a day. If you’re accessing medical treatment following a recent incident – our trained counselors are here for support, advocacy and comfort.

Police Advocacy

If you or a loved one are a victim of domestic/sexual violence and you wish to report a crime, our staff is here to help. A staff member will accompany you to the police station and walk you through the reporting process while advocating for you.

Other Advocacy Includes:

  • Housing
  • Education
  • Personal/Financial

All CONNECT services are available to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence, as well as to their non-offending loved ones.  This includes family members, partners, friends, and colleagues who may need support in processing what has happened to their loved one or who may need help in how to best support those whom they care about.