Domestic and Sexual Violence

Our Philosophy

Nobody deserves to be abused or assaulted. Combating physical and sexual violence is a priority at the Amherst 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

Domestic Violence resources

What is Sexual Assault?

What is the date rape drug?

After the Assault

Common reactions

Sexual assault resources

Hate Crimes

On-site Advocacy Services for Violence and Abuse Issues

If you are a resident of Amherst or have experienced relationship violence or abuse, sexual assault, or stalking in Amherst, a Civilian Advocate is available to provide confidential support and advocacy for you. Our Advocates can also provide services for victims/survivors at the Center for Women and Community, the Amherst Police Department, and other police departments in Hampshire County, including Belchertown, Hadley, Northampton, and UMass.  

What is a Civilian Advocate?
A Civilian Advocate is someone who is not a police officer but works on-site at the station to provide services for the community. Our Advocates are employees of the Center for Women and Community, who specialize in domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and related issues.

The Advocates provide confidential advocacy, support, safety planning, and referrals to victims/survivors after a crime has been reported to the police department. 
**The Advocate 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, our Advocates can help to find the answers and offer support along the way. You can arrange to meet with one of the Advocates at any police department in the five college area, Center for Women and Community, and other public locations where you would like support or accompaniment, including family and probate, and/or district court. 

Hours and Contact Information:

Advocates work varying hours at police departments throughout Hampshire County. You can arrange to meet with one of them at a mutually convenient time, or contact them via phone between 8:30-4:30PM Monday through Friday. 

An Advocate can be reached at the following:
Amherst Police Department Office: (413) 259-3251

Ally: (413) 270-0378

Mariah: (413) 230-0691 

Note - Please use the phone for confidential information if at all possible because the internet never provides complete security.