Community Safety

Position Statement

The CHNA9 supports policies that improve the safety and security of all people, such as:

  • Policies that improve access to services, resources, and justice for survivors of violence
  • Policies that curtail economic abuse as a means of controlling victims and survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence and that promote economic stability for survivors through access to affordable housing, access to basic benefits, employment protections, and more
  • Protection for those most impacted by structural violence and policies that promote the wellbeing and safety of BIPOC communities, immigrant and refugee communities, LGBTQIA+ communities, sex workers, those in the foster care system, people living with disabilities, religious minorities and other identities that increase vulnerability to violence and oppression
  • Policies that apply a trauma-informed lens to criminal justice practices
  • Increased accountability for those who use positions of power to abuse, control, or terrorize others
  • Ensuring safe, confidential, and affordable access to all reproductive health services for all residents
  • Policies that decrease reliance on police and the criminal justice system in situations where a clinical or social service response is more appropriate
  • Encouraging communities to pursue Aging and/or Dementia Friendly designations
  • Increasing awareness of human trafficking in our local communities
  • Identification of and support for people who are in toxic relationships, before those relationships become violent


Jail & Prison Construction Moratorium

Jail and Prison Construction Moratorium (S1979/H1795) creates a 5-year pause on jail and prison construction and expansion so we can focus on releasing people and resourcing communities. The Moratorium does not prevent essential repairs.

Coercive Control

This bill seeks to add coercive control definitions to the Massachusetts Civil Protection Order (209A). Coercive control (PDF) is when someone uses threatening, humiliating, or intimidating actions to harm, punish, or frighten you. This pattern of behavior is designed to make an individual dependent for support and exploited by taking away the individual’s liberty or freedom and strip away their sense of self. 

Controlling & Abusive Litigation

Controlling and abusive litigation (PDF) is when someone uses the legal system to take power and control over you. It is common in domestic violence cases and can occur even if the survivor has left the person causing them harm. Through abusive litigation tactics, the person causing harm can continue to cause psychological, emotional and financial harm by taking the survivor– and even their friends and relatives – to court again and again.