Elizabeth Freeman Center’s Berkshires Believe program will increase awareness of sexual violence in Berkshire County, build community capacity to identify and prevent sexual violence and give front-line responders enhanced knowledge and skills to help survivors of sex trafficking.

Berkshires Believe is part of a larger program by the Berkshire District Attorney’s Domestic & Sexual Violence Task Force (BDSVTF). Led by the Berkshire County DA’s Office and Elizabeth Freeman Center, the Task Force is a collaborative, multidisciplinary team of community leaders with the mission to end domestic and sexual violence in the Berkshires. The task force comprises experts in a range of fields– from survivors to health care to police to schools to government – and with a range of identities and backgrounds representing all of Berkshire County. The team works together to protect victims, identify and secure needed resources, raise awareness through education, outreach, and training, develop innovative responses to violence, hold abusers accountable, and sponsor supportive legislation.