CCHHE’s Passageway program works to improve the health, wellbeing, and safety of those experiencing abuse from an intimate partner. We offer the following support services to hospital and health center patients, employees, and community members:
- Free and confidential advocacy services*
- Safety planning
- Individual counseling and support
- A safe place to talk
- Information about the health effects of domestic violence
- Support groups
- Medical advocacy
- Legal and court advocacy
- Referrals to community resources (health care, housing, shelter, lawyers, and others)
*Services are flexible and designed to create safe access for individuals. A person does not need to leave a relationship to use our services. We support a person’s individual choices and rights. All services are free, voluntary, and confidential.
Outcomes of Abuse
Domestic abuse is a pattern of behavior in which a partner or former partner tries to control your thoughts, beliefs, or actions, and may include emotional, spiritual, physical, sexual, and/or economic abuse. Domestic abuse is linked to many common health conditions, including anxiety and depression, physical injuries, chronic pain, gynecological disorders, stomach problems, heart disease, migraines/headaches, and pregnancy complications.
Signs of Abuse
Does your partner:
- Blame you for everything that goes wrong?
- Make you feel afraid?
- Tell you that you are “crazy” or “worthless”?
- Prevent you from talking to friends or family?
- Prevent you from keeping appointments?
- Hit, shove, punch, kick, choke, pull your hair, or restrain you?
- Hurt or threaten you?
- Force you to have sex against your will?
- Take your money or not let you spend your money?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be in an abusive relationship. We can help.
Passageway works with people from all walks of life, representing a diverse population of survivors. We offer direct services in English and Spanish and use interpreters for other languages.
If you are being abused, there is caring support available to you. If you have any concerns about safety in your relationship, call us.
Passageway Contact Numbers
Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 5pm (all locations)
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital
- Faulkner Hospital
- Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center
- Brookside Community Health Center
- Whittier Street Health Center
- Mission Hill Community
To page an advocate, call (617) 732-6660, beeper #31808. After hours, call the pager number and ask to speak to the Emergency Department/on-call social worker.
Other Important Numbers and Websites
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Main Line)
(617) 732-5500 or 1-800-722-5520
- BWH Security
- BWH Social Workers
- BWH Women’s GYN Clinic
(617) 732-4806 or pager #18559
- BWH Chaplaincy
- Domestic Violence SafeLink
1-877-785-2020 (24-hour hotline)
- National Domestic Violence Hotline
- Partners Employee Assistance Program
(617) 732-6017 www.eap.partners.org
- HAVEN at MGH
(617) 724-0054 www.havenatmgh.org
- Jane Doe, Inc. www.janedoe.org
- Futures Without Violence www.futureswithoutviolence.org
Services for Health Care Professionals
- Consultation for providers within the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) system and community
- Trainings on all areas of domestic abuse, including:
- Screening and intervention
- Risk assessment and intervention in high risk cases
- Strangulation identification, documentation, and intervention
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Prevention and Education Programs
Passageway works to end domestic abuse in our communities by providing comprehensive prevention strategies in our BWH and local communities. Services include:
- Training and education for health care providers and local community-based organizations
- Workshops on healthy relationships and dating violence
- Providing youth-led trainings and workshops for community youth on domestic abuse and healthy relationships
This page was last modified on 9/18/2015