Education & Employment Assistance

If you or your children are in high school, elementary school, or college, you should know that violent crime often impacts education. Poorer school performance, delays in graduation, and a decrease in attendance are frequent consequences of violent crime.

Violent crime can also significantly impact a survivor’s employment. You may have medical or psychological needs that require an array of accommodations at work.

Some victim service agencies provide civil legal assistance (entirely independent of criminal justice and prosecution) to help enhance the education, employment, safety, privacy, and immigration status of crime victims.

If you or someone in your family is experiencing declines in educational performance due to a violent crime, you or your child may be able to access services and resources to help with school issues.

Trauma-informed education advocates can help assess your or your child’s education needs and work to identify resources that may be available to assist you or them. Through Victim of Crime Act MOVA funds a range of educational advocacy services.

To locate free services near you, use our Find Help Near You service or call the victim services coordinator at MOVA at (844)-878-MOVA (6682) during regular business hours.

Additional educational advocacy resources:
For minors: http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/parents.html For college students: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/landing.jhtml?src=pn

Some of the common needs that victims routinely experience are:

  • Negotiating paid and unpaid time-off for survivors and themselves
  • Understanding the Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Negotiating accommodations via the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Filing for unemployment insurance

Victim service advocates can help assess your employment needs and help identify resources that may be available to assist you.

To locate free services near you, use our Find Help Near Youservice or call MOVA Monday through Friday from 9AM-5PM at (844)-878-MOVA (6682).