Prevention


DA Sullivan with 2014 Youth Conference for Substance Abuse Prevention keynote speakers Bryan Delaney, an Easthampton High School senior and Theresa Martinez, a Mahar Regional High School senior.

The Consumer Protection Unit works in cooperation with the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office to mediate individual consumer disputes and investigate complaints of unfair or deceptive business practices.

The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit specializes in the prosecution of cases involving family, partner or household violence. The unit provides domestic violence prosecution and prevention trainings for law enforcement, battered women's advocates and community groups.

The Community Outreach and Education Unit works closely with community partners to provide crime prevention and safety information to the citizens of the Northwestern District with special emphasis on the reduction of violence in schools,  Internet safety, diversity awareness, alcohol and drug abuse prevention and enhancing awareness of crimes against elders.

TRIAD is a local community crime prevention partnership of elders, law enforcement and human service providers. It aims to reduce criminal victimization of elders through education and to enhance the delivery of law enforcement services. The program is coordinated an supported by the joint efforts of District Attorney David E. Sullivan, Hampshire County Sheriff Robert J. Garvey and Franklin County Sheriff Christopher J. Donelan; local police departments and Councils on Aging.

Drug Drop-Off Boxes - Do you have unwanted or out-of-date drugs in your home? Get them out of the medicine cabinet, away from children and potential drug abusers -- and out of the environment. You can safely and anonymously drop them off in a secure MedReturn Box, located at one of 16 local police stations, and they will be disposed of in an environmentally sound way. Prescription and non-prescription drugs, vitamins and veterinary meds are accepted. NO liquids, syringes, IV equipment or chemotherapy drugs, please.

Campaign to End Sexual Assault on Campuses - "Consent: The Difference Between Sex and Rape" is a multimedia campaign designed by the NWDA and our media consultants to increase reporting of and to end sexual assault on campuses.

Restorative Justice - Designed to bring together members of the community with probationers in an effort to deepen the probationer's understanding of the impact of his or her behavior and find ways the probationer can make restitution and forge a positive connection with the community.

Returned checks - What to do if you are the recipient of a "bad" check.

Text-a-tip - Anyone can do the right thing! Text-a-tip allows citizens to help solve crimes by ANONYMOUSLY dialing 274637 on their cell phones and typing KIDSAFE or PROTECT followed by a tip. (In emergency situations, dial 911.)

Veterans Justice - Offers resources and referrals to veterans entering the criminal justice system.

White Ribbon Campaign - Join DA Sullivan and thousands of men in the community by taking the  White Ribbon Pledge to end violence against women and girls.

Youth Substance Abuse Prevention - The NWDA is actively engaged in educating young people about the dangers and consequences of substance abuse prevention. Along with our community partners, we have sponsored three conferences on the subject -- three for middle and high school students, held at Greenfield Community College in 2012, 2013 and 2014; and one for college students, held at the University of Massachusetts in 2012.