August 17, 2017
By REACH TEAM

REACH is Moving: Update Two

In the midst of difficult times, we want to update you on our ‘big move’ and thank you so much for your support. We shared the beginning of our move process back in June and will continue to share updates as work progresses. We hope you saw the photo from the Cummings Foundation celebration back […]

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August 10, 2017
By Guest Blogger

Volunteer Voices: An Update from Sumana at 3 Months

Back in April, we brought you a piece from a new volunteer named Sumana, who had just completed her extended volunteer training with REACH. We thought we’d check in with her and see how her first few months of volunteering have gone. In my first three months as a REACH volunteer, I have the privilege […]

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August 3, 2017
By Guest Blogger

Teen Voices: What I learned through PAVE Peer Leader Summer Training

by Janiah Every summer, REACH runs a training for peer leaders at Waltham High School as part of our teen dating violence prevention program. The training is taking place this week, and to tell you about it, we’re sharing this reflection written by one of our seniors after the 2016 training. This summer I attended […]

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July 28, 2017
By Guest Blogger

Survivor Voices: Finding my Voice Again

by Melinda*, REACH Survivor Speakers Bureau Recently I heard myself laugh and I was shocked and amazed.  I thought, “Who is this person?  Wow I recognize her, I recognize that laugh!” You see, I was not allowed to laugh for years and it took me close to 3 years after I separated from my husband […]

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July 21, 2017
By REACH TEAM

Why REACH Uses Art Therapy to Help Children Affected by Domestic Violence

“We don’t even need words, we go straight to where the memory is stored.” This is how REACH’s Child and Adolescent Therapist, Catalina, describes the work she does through art therapy with children. The Art Therapy Alliance defines art therapy as “the deliberate use of art-making to address psychological and emotional needs, facilitated by an […]

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July 10, 2017
By Laura Van Zandt, Executive Director

What Laura is Thinking: On Interdependence

I am thinking about interdependence.   I woke up on the 4th of July to beautiful weather and a day off for me and my family. How wonderful. And why: because of independence or because of interdependence? Do any of us function truly independently? Does anyone have all the capacities necessary to live a full […]

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June 30, 2017
By REACH TEAM

Who Cares for the Caregivers: Clinical Supervision and Why REACH Does It

If you’re familiar with REACH, hopefully you know that we try to offer the best support possible to domestic violence survivors by being knowledgeable about, and sensitive to, the effects of trauma. But have you ever wondered how our advocates come to understand so much about trauma? Or how domestic violence advocates avoid burnout? How […]

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June 16, 2017
By Laura Van Zandt, Executive Director

Past Performance

“There is a stomach-turning predictability to it,” said Monica McLaughlin, deputy director of public policy at the National Network to End Domestic Violence. “Whenever we hear of events such as these, those of us who work on domestic violence know there will be a history of domestic violence uncovered.” I am one of those who […]

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June 8, 2017
By Guest Blogger

3 Things I Learned as a College Intern

As the school year comes to a close, we are saying goodbye to Emily, who is a Brandeis student who interned with us helping to run our Peers Against ViolencE (PAVE) program. Before she left, we asked her to reflect on what she’s learned over the past year. This is what she had to say. […]

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June 2, 2017
By REACH TEAM

REACH is Moving: Update One

We are looking forward to sharing updates about our move project as it proceeds. It was fun to make and share the video we produced about how much we need this space. Have you seen it? If you have been to our current office recently, you know that we are busting at the seams. If […]

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