Domestic Violence Intervention

Passageway: Domestic Violence Intervention

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.

Getting Help

Getting 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 Faulkner Hospital: (617) 983-7854
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital: (617) 732-8753
  • Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center: (617) 983-4148
  • Brookside Community Health Center: (617) 983-6024
  • Whittier Street Health Center: (617) 989-3027
  • Mission Hill Community: (857) 225-6559

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 Resources

Other Important Numbers and Websites
Services for Health Care Professionals
  • Consultation for providers within the Brigham Health system and community
  • Trainings on all areas of domestic abuse, including:
    • Screening and intervention
    • Documentation
    • Risk assessment and intervention in high risk cases
    • Strangulation identification, documentation, and intervention

For more information, contact


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