Domestic and Sexual Violence
No one deserves to be abused or assaulted. Combating physical and sexual violence is a priority at the UMass Police Department. We believe in the right of all persons to live without fear, abuse, oppression and violence. We believe that abusers and perpetrators should be held accountable for their actions and we strive to promote deterrence, assist victims and interrupt the cycle of violence.
What is Domestic Violence
What to expect when we arrive
Obtaining a restraining order
After the Restraining Order
Domestic Violence Resources
What is Sexual Assault?
What is the date rape drug?
After the Assault
Sexual assault resources
On-site Advocacy Services for Violence and Abuse Issues
If you are a member of the UMass community or have experienced relationship violence or abuse, sexual assault, or stalking on campus, Civilian Advocate Jessie Aquino is available to provide confidential support and advocacy for you. Ilana can also provide services for victims/survivors affiliated with the Amherst Police Department and has office hours at Center for Women & Community (formerly Everywoman’s Center).
What is a Civilian Advocate?
A Civilian Advocate is someone who is not a police officer but works on-site at the UMass and Amherst Police Departments to provide services for the community. Jessie is an employee of the Center for Women and Community; she specializes in domestic violence, sexual assault and related issues.
Ilana provides confidential advocacy, support, safety planning, and referrals to victims/survivors after a crime has been reported to the police department.
**She can also assist victims/survivors who have not reported a crime.
If you have questions about the legal system or what happens next in the process, Ilana can help to find the answer and offer support along the way. You can arrange to meet with Jessie at the UMass Police Department, Amherst Police Department, Center for Women & Community, and other locations where you would like support or accompaniment, including district court.
Hours and Contact Information
Jessie's hours vary but she is available by phone and will schedule appointments as requested.
Work mobile phone: (413) 345-1667
This project was supported by Grant No. 2010-WE-AX-0028 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.
The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.