January 18, 2018
By REACH TEAM

Why REACH Supports the Safe Communities Act

“I am afraid.” “I am worried about my kids.” “I feel like I am walking on eggshells.” “What if, by trying to get help, I make things worse?” As advocates for survivors of domestic violence, we hear words like these often. Survivors live with pervasive fear at home. But now, many of these survivors are […]

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January 9, 2018
By Jessica Teperow, Director of Prevention Programs

How to Talk about Consent with a Three-Month Old (and older!)

In her speech at the Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey spoke of a future where no one would ever have to say #MeToo. With recent conversations about the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault through awareness campaigns like #MeToo, I feel there is a heightened awareness of the need to both teach and model respect in […]

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January 4, 2018
By REACH TEAM

2017: A REACH Review

As we kick off 2018, we wanted to pause and reflect on the past year. 2017 was a year of unprecedented challenges, in the world around us and also for REACH as an agency. At the end of 2016, we tried to focus on healing and being a resource for safety in a time of […]

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December 15, 2017
By Lauren Montanaro, Community Engagement Specialist

Thoughts on the Holiday Gift Program

As many of you know, this week was REACH’s Holiday Gift Program. Our generous donors gave gifts to 260 families (800 people) who have experienced domestic violence and work with REACH. Our Community Engagement Specialist Lauren Montanaro wrote this reflection on yesterday’s party, where most of the gifts were distributed.  Each year, REACH hosts a […]

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December 6, 2017
By REACH TEAM

10 Warning Signs of Abusive Relationships

…and what to say or do in response. Friends and family members are often among the first to notice the warning signs of abusive relationships. Because the signs of abuse aren’t always obvious right away, learning what to look for can help you start a conversation with a loved one and be an advocate for […]

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November 30, 2017
By Guest Blogger

Survivor Voices: Shining Star

This week’s blog is a guest post from “Melissa,” a participant in REACH’s Community Program and a member of our Survivor Speakers Burea.  On the first year after my split from my abusive marriage, I barely could survive and keep up with my bills. The idea of going through the Christmas season and celebrating was […]

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November 8, 2017
By REACH TEAM

Meet Molly, Our New Youth Education Specialist!

In the midst of all the recent changes at REACH, we also added a new Youth Education Specialist to our staff! We wanted to introduce you to Molly Pistrang, who may soon be coming to a classroom near you to talk to teens about healthy relationships.  Tell us a little about yourself.  I grew up […]

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November 2, 2017
By Guest Blogger

Survivor Voices: Continuing to Create Space for Change

Throughout the month of October (Domestic Violence Awareness Month), REACH has been sharing content on the theme of “Creating Space for Change.” As Director of Prevention Programs Jessica Teperow shared earlier this week, the spaces we try to create are not so much physical spaces (although those ARE important and making a big difference!) but […]

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October 30, 2017
By Jessica Teperow, Director of Prevention Programs

Creating Space for Connection

Last March, my husband and I experienced the biggest surprise of our lives. When I was just under 32 weeks pregnant, our daughter decided she was ready to be born. As a result, the first several weeks of her life were spent in the Brigham and Women’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The care our […]

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October 25, 2017
By Laura Van Zandt, Executive Director

Office Move Update 5 – We’ve Moved!

It’s official! REACH has finally moved! I’m writing this to you from my brand-new office here in REACH’s new location. I can’t tell you where exactly that is, because we don’t publish our address. But trust me when I tell you it’s very close to the old one, and perfect for us. Over the past […]

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