It was family coming home this past Thursday when long time members, Susan Howards and Rita McNally, joined us to talk about Susan's local, cable show entitled, The Safety Net, and the topic of domestic violence in the days of COVID 19.  Both Susan and Rita reinforced Governor Baker's concern for the increased incidence of domestic violence.  Brookline has an established anti-domestic violence program that has ramped up in recent weeks to try to address the increased incidences. 
See this presentation and others on the Brookline Rotary YouTube Channel
Key phone numbers from the Brookline Domestic Violence Round Table Resource Guide During COVID-19 (updated 4/13/20):
  1. If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1
  2. The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or chat online at You can also text LOVEIS to 22522.  
  3. SafeLink (MA) - The Baker-Polito Administration announced the expansion of SafeLink, the Commonwealth’s statewide, 24/7, toll-free and confidential domestic violence hotline to now include resources and support for survivors of sexual assault. Previously, SafeLink served as a hotline to specifically connect domestic violence survivors to services.  This hotline is designed for crisis intervention support for those who need assistance in safety planning measures for both themselves and their families. 

This resource is now available through the 2-1-1 line as an additional method for victims to access help and resources.

The SafeLink toll-free number is (877) 785-2020. For the hearing-impaired, the SafeLink TTY number is (877) 521-2601. Advocates are available in English and Spanish and can provide translation in more than 130 languages.

  1. Brookline Police Non - Emergency:  617-730-2222.  For the Domestic Violence Advocate (also non-emergency) call 617-730-2713
  2. The Second Step - Can assist Brookline residents affected by domestic violence with housing, legal, and other advocacy support. or call 617-965-3999. 
  3. Brookline COVID -19 Information Line : 617-879-5636 (non-emergency)
  4. Safety Net Fund: The Safety Net provides assistance to Brookline community members in crisis, covering the costs of rent, utilities, food, and other basic needs.  To apply for funds Call the Brookline Mental Health Center: 617-277-8107 
  5. Brookline Housing Authority - For any housing questions please call the main number 617-277-2022
  6. Internet Essentials from Comcast - for low income households in need of internet service visit  or call 1-855-846-8376