Domestic and Sexual Violence

Our Philosophy
Nobody deserves to be abused or assaulted. Combating physical and sexual violence is a priority at the Amherst Police Department. We believe in the right of all persons to live without fear, abuse, oppression and violence. We believe that abusers and perpetrators should be held accountable for their actions and we strive to promote deterrence, assist victims and interrupt the cycle of violence.

What is Domestic Violence?

What to expect when we arrive?

Obtaining a restraining order

Domestic Violence resources

What is Sexual Assault?

What is the date rape drug?

After the Assault

Common reactions

Sexual assault resources

Hate Crimes

On-site Advocacy Services for Violence and Abuse Issues
If you are a resident of Amherst or have experienced relationship violence or abuse, sexual assault, or stalking in Amherst, Civilian Advocate Jessie is available to provide confidential support and advocacy for you. Jessie can also provide services for victims/survivors affiliated with UMass through the UMass Police Department and has office hours at the Center for Women and Community. Jessie speaks both Spanish and English.

What is a Civilian Advocate?
A Civilian Advocate is someone who is not a police officer but works on-site at the station to provide services for the community. Jessie is an employee of the Center for Women and Community and she is housed at the Amherst Police Department and UMass Police Departments. She specializes in domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and related issues.

Jessie provides confidential advocacy, support, safety planning, and referrals to victims/survivors after a crime has been reported to the police department.
**She can also assist victims/survivors who have not reported a crime.

If you have questions about the legal system or what happens next in the process, Ilana can help to find the answer and offer support along the way. You can arrange to meet with Jessie at the Amherst Police Department, UMass Police Department, Center for Women and Community, and other locations where you would like support or accompaniment, including district court.

Hours and Contact Information:

Jessie works varying hours at both the UMASS and Amherst Police Departments. She can arrange to meet clients at either station at a mutually convenient time.
To reach Jessie call her Work mobile phone: (413) 345-1677. Jessie speaks both Spanish and English. Amherst Police Deparment Office: (413) 259-3251
Note - Please use the phone for confidential information if at all possible because the internet never provides complete security.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2010-WE-AX-0028 awarded by the Office on Violence
Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.