New Hope issues statement on Sturbridge murder/suicide

Alleged perpetrator took his own life in alleged murder/suicide

STURBRIDGE — In response to last week’s alleged domestic violence homicide in Sturbridge, the non-profit domestic violence agency, New Hope, Inc.’s Executive Director and President, Marcia Szymanski, issued a statement to inform the Sturbridge community about services available to them.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Maddilyn Burgess,” said Szymanski, New Hope Executive Director and President. “There are no words that anyone can say to express how horrible and senseless this was.”

New Hope, Inc. provides domestic violence services to 41 communities, including Sturbridge.  New Hope provides counseling services in Southbridge and an advocate who works directly within the Dudley Court to assist survivors of domestic violence with safety planning, obtaining restraining orders, and other legal protections to ensure their safety.

“We want to inform the public that New Hope has a 24-hour, toll-free hotline available to survivors and witnesses to violence, as well as to concerned family members, friends, co-workers and neighbors who may need support,” said Szymanski. “Our hotline is 1-800-323-HOPE (4673), and we encourage anyone who may be in need of our services to call and get help.”

New Hope, Inc.’s comprehensive domestic and sexual violence services include the 24-hour domestic violence and sexual assault hotline (1-800-323-HOPE), two emergency shelters for survivors fleeing violent homes, counseling services for adults and children, a supervised visitation center where non-custodial parents can visit in a safe supervised setting with their children due to domestic violence and other issues, court-based legal advocacy to help survivors obtain restraining orders, safety planning, an intimate partner abuse education program, education/outreach services and more.  The agency serves 41 cities and towns throughout Central and Southeastern Massachusetts, and has five offices located in Attleboro, Milford, Southbridge, Taunton and Worcester.

New Hope, Inc. is a registered 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization, whose mission is “Creating Communities Free from Violence and Exploitation.”  For more information, visit


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