April 22, 2013
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“Safe at Home”

Like so many people in the Boston area, we at REACH were back at work this Monday morning and trying to regain a sense of normalcy after the harrowing events of the last week. We work in Waltham, which was one of the six cities and towns along with Boston itself that were completely shut […]

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April 19, 2013
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Every Voice Matters

Last week, REACH joined representatives from other Jane Doe Inc. member agencies at the Massachusetts State House to tell legislators and their staff about the lifesaving work that we do and the need to keep funding it. Here’s what Jane Doe’s website has to say: “On a daily basis, community programs are working to prevent […]

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April 2, 2013
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7 Things You Should Know About Sexual Assault and School

Recent stories in the local and national news have raised serious questions about schools and their responses to reports of violence between students. Those stories, as well as the ones that never make the news, illustrate the need to be aware of schools’ policies before an incident takes place. Since April is Sexual Assault Awareness […]

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March 26, 2013
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Domestic Violence Counts: A Snapshot of Services

In just one 24-hour period, 1,752 victims of domestic violence received services from domestic violence programs in Massachusetts. The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) just released the results of their annual National Census of Domestic Violence Services, which they conducted in September. NNEDV made the results available in the report: “Domestic Violence Counts: […]

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March 19, 2013
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Immigration, Domestic Violence, and REACH Goes to Washington

What does immigration have to do with domestic violence? More than you might think. Immigrant victims of domestic violence suffer disproportionately from the effects of domestic violence. They are often isolated, may not have access to bilingual support services, and are often afraid for their immigration status. Sometimes they come from countries where law enforcement […]

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March 12, 2013
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How do you plan for safety?

When we list the services that REACH provides to domestic violence survivors, we almost always include the words “safety planning.” But what exactly does that mean? Have you ever stopped to think about it? When you do, you start to understand the complexity of the challenges that domestic violence survivors face. When one of our […]

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March 7, 2013
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Thoughts On an Emotional Day

Thursday was a day filled with emotion and significance for those of us doing domestic violence work in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Events converged on a national, state, and local level that called attention to the issue of dating and domestic violence. We were proud to see President Obama sign the reauthorization of the Violence […]

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March 5, 2013
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Domestic Violence and Kids: What You Need To Know

So often domestic violence gets talked about in the context of the adults involved that we don’t always stop to think about how it’s affecting the kids. Children who live in homes where there is domestic violence are almost always aware of what is going on, and are often abused themselves. This can have a […]

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February 26, 2013
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Nights of Safety, Days of Healing

One of the things we promised to do with this blog space was provide organizational updates on what’s happening at REACH – things like staffing changes, upcoming events, and our ongoing fundraising efforts. So we wanted to let you know that our Midwinter Appeal is on its way to your mailbox if you have been […]

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February 20, 2013
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We Came, We Saw, We Said Hi

It’s hard to believe it’s over. Months of preparation and planning, committee meetings, and dreaming, and then one whirlwind week of 2,654 “Hi”s! After a great turnout at our kickoff event the week before at Back Pages Books, we were excited and ready to go for Waltham’s 2nd Annual “Say Hi to Your Neighbors Week” […]

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