October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and this year, the Passageway program, in collaboration with departments across Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, and Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, is focusing on preventing domestic violence and encouraging bystander intervention. There are many opportunities to get involved this month:
- Stop by at the Town Hall Meeting to learn about Wellness Activities for the month - October 3rd 12pm in Bornstein
- Attend the Youth Worker Alliance Panel, Wednesday, October 9th 11am – 1:30pm at 31 Lenox Street to learn about the health and mental health impacts of domestic violence and how you can be a part of the solution.
- Join the conversation! Learn more about healthy relationships and bystander intervention in a Twitter Chat online, Thursday, October 10th. Follow #DoNoHarm to find out more information.
- Come to the Chapel Services to honor those who have survived domestic violence: Tuesdays, October 15th and October 29th at 12:00pm in the BWH Chapel.
- Bring your lunch as the Legal Services Center breaks down the legal jargon, and imparts knowledge about legal rights in relationships at the Healthy Legal Choices Workshop, Wednesday, October 16th from 12-2pm in OBC, Room 2-B.
- Hey Night Owls! Look out for Passageway advocates and other department representation at our Overnight Campaign on Thursday, October 17th from 11pm – 3am. We’ll be stopping by with information and treats!
- Donate to children of families served by Passageway! Cradles to Crayons is accepting new items for small children, 0-Pre K and winter clothes, sizes 0-Adult Medium.
- Drop off your items at the BWH Cafeteria between Wednesday, October 23rd and Wednesday, October 30th in the bin.
- Register for the Trauma-informed Care Conference, with keynote speaker, Dr. Carole Warshaw, on Thursday, October 24th from 9-12 followed by a poster session from 12-2pm. Open to all in the Partners network and beyond!
- Learn more about GLBT Domestic Violence from Austin Bay of the GLBT DV Project at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital Grand Rounds on Wednesday, October 30th from 12-1pm in Huvos Auditorium.
- Stop by our table located by the Pike Shop to learn more about events happening in October and to get more information about how you can be an essential piece to ending domestic violence.
- Raise awareness of domestic violence to your friends and across the world using #DoNoHarm on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram! Tell us what you are doing to prevent and end violence on social media!
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
- 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
For more information, contact email@example.com.
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
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This page was last modified on 10/4/2013