May 22, 2013
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Program Update: Peers Against ViolencE (PAVE)

Preventing domestic violence is something that has to start young. From an early age we learn social norms and patterns that shape our relationships well into adulthood. For this reason, REACH’s Education and Prevention Program focuses heavily on work with teens, to start building a foundation of healthy relationships. Peers Against ViolencE (PAVE), our teen […]

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May 13, 2013
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Survivor Voices: 7 Ways Domestic Violence Doesn’t Discriminate

The following piece was written by a member of our Survivor Speakers Bureau. Here, in her own words, is what she wants you to know about domestic violence. OK, Here goes…Are you ready? Let’s talk about something super important that not enough people realize…Domestic violence is NOT discriminatory. It’s shocking, I know – but it […]

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May 8, 2013
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The First 48 Hours

Have you ever wondered what it’s like for a domestic violence survivor arriving at a shelter? The following is a reflection from one of our shelter advocates, describing the experience of bringing a new person into the shelter for the first time. It starts with the ‘pick-up’ as we call it, a time when advocates […]

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May 1, 2013
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Finding Hope

Some things are just plain hard to talk about. They’re hard to think about, let alone discuss in ‘polite’ company. But sometimes those are the things that need to be brought out into the open, because they thrive in silence, in isolation, in stigma. That’s what the Hope Project is about. REACH created the Hope […]

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April 26, 2013
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Volunteer Spotlight: Joanne and Bill Segal

Did you know it’s National Volunteer Week? We appreciate our volunteers EVERY week, but we thought we’d take some time out before the week was over to shine a spotlight on two of our volunteers who embody a deep commitment to REACH.   And if you’ve ever thought about becoming involved with REACH by volunteering…read on […]

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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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