Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Resources

You are not alone. Resources for victims and survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking are available on campus and in our community.

Watch the video below to meet Dugana Celestin, the STCC-YWCA Campus Advocate who offers free and confidential advocacy and counseling to STCC students and employees. For more about Dugana, please see our STCC News article STCC Partners with YWCA to Provide Resources for Victims of Domestic Violence.

Campus and Community Resources

See below for a comprehensive list of campus and community resources that offer support to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

For a one-page PDF resource of who you can talk to on campus, please see the Confidential and Non-confidential Reporting Resources PDF.

Confidential Community Resources

YWCA of Western Massachusetts

24/7 hotline for sexual assault and domestic violence in English and Spanish with interpreters available for other languages. The hotline can provide support in a crisis, but you do not need to be in a crisis to call. Advocates provide emotional support, help with safety planning, and help connecting to resources.

YWCA of Western Massachusetts website

Contact

413-733-7100
Español 800-223-5001

Alianza (Formerly Womanshelter/Companeras)

24/7 hotline for domestic violence with advocates that provide emotional support, safety planning, and help with next steps for accessing services and resources.

Alianza website

Contact

info@womanshelter.org
1-877-536-1628

Confidential Campus Resources

Able to discuss your concerns without notifying Title IX.

STCC - YWCA Campus Advocate (Free and Confidential)

Offers advocacy, counseling, safety planning, crisis response, and referrals to resources.

Contact

Dee Celestin
Building 14, Room 300
advocate@stcc.edu
(413) 319-2368

STCC Health and Wellness Center

Offers medical-related resources and referrals.

STCC Health and Wellness Center website

Confidential Employees

Jonathan Miller, PA
Michelle Cummings, CMA
Ines Silva-Rivera, CMA

Contact

Ira H. Rubenzahl Student Learning Commons (B19) / Room 177
Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
413-755-4230

River Valley Counseling

Offers ongoing mental health counseling and support to STCC students. For information on other local and national mental health hotlines, please see the:

Mental Health Support and Resources website

Confidential Employee

Dave Forton, Intake Specialist

Contact

dcforton@stcc.edu
413-755-4332

Non-Confidential Campus Resources

Will discuss your concerns with discretion and respect and are obligated to notify Title IX.

STCC Title IX Coordinator

Title IX protects students who have experienced sexual harassment, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The Title IX Coordinator provides safety planning, referrals, and accommodations for individuals experiencing discrimination. Title IX investigates campus-based incidents and reserves the right to investigate off-campus incidents of alleged Prohibited Conduct under the College Policy.

File a Report Online Here

Contact

Kathryn C. Senie, J.D., Ed.D.
Assistant Vice President of Human Resources
Affirmative Action Officer
Acting Title IX Coordinator
Garvey Hall (B16), Room 251
(413) 755 - 4749
kcsenie@stcc.edu

All other College employees are required to notify the Title IX Coordinator of any disclosure of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

  • A 209A restraining order is a court order that protects you from being abused by a member or former member of your household or family, or someone you have been dating.
  • A 258E harassment prevention order is a court order to protect you from harassment and abuse by someone who has harassed you.  

For detailed information see MassLegalHelp on “Asking the court for a restraining order or harassment order during COVID-19”

You are not alone. If you need a 209A or 258E order, these resources can assist you:

Emergency Assistance: Call 911

Local police departments will respond, investigate, and provide support in explaining your domestic violence rights and pursuing protective orders.

Campus Resources

STCC Police

Contact

Off Campus: In the case of an emergency, dial 911, your local police department will respond.
On Campus: Dial 911, STCC Police will respond.
For non-emergency assistance from STCC Police: 413-755-4220.

YWCA Campus Advocate (Free and Confidential)

Offers safety planning, advocacy, counseling, crisis response, and referrals. Can help refer you to SAFEPlan court advocates for assistance by phone.

Contact

Dugana Celestin
advocate@stcc.edu
413-319-2368

Community Resources

SAFEPLAN Advocates

SAFEPLAN is a statewide court-based program that provides specially trained advocates to help victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking who seek protection from abuse.

SAFEPLAN Website

Contact

Springfield District Court Advocate Contact: Sam, 413-237-9353
SAFEPLAN Supervisor, YWCA of Western Massachusetts: Danielle, 413-732-3121 x701
24/7 YWCA of Western Massachusetts Hotline: 413-733-7100; Español 800-223-5001

Hampden County District Attorney Domestic Violence Intervention Unit

Advocates provide assistance to victims in court. 

Contact

Kassandra
413-519-1234

Springfield Police Department: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services

Domestic Violence Advocates offer safety planning, advocacy, and assistance to victims.

Springfield Police Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services website

Contact

Emergency: Dial 911
Non-Emergency: DV Coordinator: 413-735-1519; DV Advocate: 413-735-1520
Special Victims Crime Unit: 413-787-6355

Community Legal Aid (CLA)

Offers free civil legal services to low-income and elderly residents of central and western Massachusetts.  Provides free civil legal assistance to survivors of crime, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Community Legal Aid website

Contact

Intake line: 855-CLA-LEGAL (855-252-5342)
Or complete the online application

District Court Offices

Individuals seeking restraining orders can also contact District Court offices directly by phone.

  • Springfield District Court Clerk's Office: 413-748-8600
  • Chicopee District Court Clerk's Office: 413-598-0099
  • Westfield District Court Clerk's Office: 413-568-8946
  • Holyoke District Court Clerk's Office: 413-538-9710
  • Palmer District Court Clerk's Office: 413-283-8916

Campus Resources

STCC Health and Wellness Center: 

Offers medical-related resources and referrals.

Confidential Employees

Jonathan Miller, PA
Michelle Cummings, CMA
Ines Silva-Rivera, CMA

Contact

Ira H. Rubenzahl Student Learning Commons (B19) / Room 177
Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
413-755-4230

Community Resources

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE)

A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE Nurse) provides quality, trauma-informed care and forensic evidence collection to sexual assault survivors. There is no cost for this service. Exams must be performed within five days of the assault to ensure evidence quality.

SANE website

Western Massachusetts SANE Nurse Facilities:
  • Baystate Medical Center Emergency Department
  • Trinity Health (Mercy) Emergency Department
  • Baystate Wing Hospital Emergency Department
  • Cooley Dickinson Hospital Emergency Department
  • Berkshire Medical Center Emergency Department

Rape Crisis Medical Advocates

Once a sexual assault survivor presents in an Emergency Department for a SANE Exam, hospital staff are responsible for connecting with a Rape Crisis medical advocate by phone or in person. The medical advocate will remain with the survivor to provide emotional support for as long as the survivor would like and arrange for follow-up counseling services.

Planned Parenthood League of MA

Offers emergency contraception and abortion services by appointment. Sexual and reproductive counseling services offered by phone, online chat, and texting.

Planned Parenthood League of MA website

Contact

Appointment Scheduling: 1-800-230-7526
Sexual and Reproductive Health Hotline: (617) 616-1616 or toll-free (800) 258-4448, option #3
Chat with a Sexual Health Educator by texting: “PPNOW" to 774636 (PPINFO)

With College Administration

STCC Title IX Coordinator

Services offered via email and phone

Title IX protects students who have experienced sex or gender discrimination, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The Title IX Coordinator provides safety planning, referrals, and accommodations for individuals experiencing discrimination. Title IX investigates campus-based incidents, and reserves the right to investigate off-campus incidents of alleged Prohibited Conduct under College Policy.

File a Report Online Here

Contact

Kathryn C. Senie, J.D., Ed.D.
Assistant Vice President of Human Resources
Affirmative Action Officer
Acting Title IX Coordinator
Garvey Hall (B16), Room 251
(413) 755 - 4749
kcsenie@stcc.edu

With STCC Campus Police

STCC Police

Contact

Off Campus: In the case of an emergency, dial 911, your local police department will respond.
On Campus: Dial 911, STCC police will respond.
For non-emergency assistance from STCC police: 413-755-4220

Campus Resources

Center for Access Services (CAS)

Offers support for a broad range of basic needs including emergency food assistance, housing assistance and emergency shelter, health insurance, public benefits, and referrals to community resources.

CAS website

Contact

Building 7
cas@stcc.edu 
(413) 200-8776 (call and text)

Student Request Form

YWCA Campus Advocate (Free and Confidential)

Can help connect with YWCA resources that address housing and other basic needs.

Contact

Dugana Celestin
advocate@stcc.edu
413-319-2368

STCC Library

Offers ongoing support for a wide range of student questions, and up-to-date information on STCC student resources and community resources to meet basic needs.

STCC Library website

Contact

413-324-0998
chat online with student Gmail account

Community Resources

Community Legal Aid (CLA)

Offers free civil legal services to low-income and elderly residents of central and western Massachusetts.  Provides free civil legal assistance to survivors of crime, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Legal assistance includes help accessing public benefits such as unemployment.

CLA website

Contact

Intake line: 855-CLA-LEGAL (855-252-5342)
Or complete the online application

Community Legal Aid (CLA)

Offers free civil legal services to low-income and elderly residents of central and western Massachusetts.  Provides free civil legal assistance to survivors of crime, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

CLA website

Contact

Intake line: 855-CLA-LEGAL (855-252-5342)
Or complete the online application

The Compassionate Connections PDF seeks to offer STCC employees a simple and compassionate response to students who disclose an experience of sexual or relationship violence. The goal is for you to honor the trust the student has given you, while also directly students to the campus resources that can best help them. It also offers a way for you to succinctly explain your obligation to notify the Title IX Coordinator of the disclosure.

Employee Response

The response below offers STCC employees a simple and compassionate response to students who disclose an experience of sexual or relationship violence. The goal is for you to honor the trust the student has given you, while also directly students to the campus resources that can best help them. It also offers a way for you to succinctly explain your obligation to notify the Title IX Coordinator of the disclosure.

For a print-friendly PDF of this response please see the Compassionate Connections PDF.

“Thank you for trusting me. There are people here who can help you.”

Connect to Advocate:

We have free and confidential advocates who you can talk to.

Dugana Celestin
STCC - YWCA Campus Advocate
Email: advocate@stcc.edu
Phone: 413-319-2368
YWCA 24/7 Hotline: 413-733-7100

Refer to Title IX:

I am required to notify the Title IX Coordinator about disclosures of sexual and relationship violence. Her name is K.C. Senie and she will contact you.

K.C. Senie
Email: kcsenie@stcc.edu
Office Phone: 413-755-4749

This project was supported by Grant No. 2016-WA-AX-0026 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.