November 19, 2013
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Tragic Events in the News

Once again we are sickened to hear of an apparent domestic violence homicide in our service area. Tragedies like what has unfolded in Arlington are a stark reminder that the warning signs of abuse are not always easy to spot, and that domestic violence happens in all types of relationships, in all types of communities. […]

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November 6, 2013
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Survivor Voices: When Holiday Gifts Are More Than Just Presents

Now that Domestic Violence Awareness Month is over, attention in the REACH office turns to our annual Holiday Gift Program.  To explain why this program is so important, we thought we’d let you hear straight from a survivor what receiving gifts at holiday time meant to her. I had been urged by an advocate with […]

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October 29, 2013
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What’s Trauma Got to Do With It?

“Traumatized” is a word that gets tossed around a lot. At one time or another we’ve all been ‘traumatized’ by a sports team’s loss, a mortifying social experience, or a plot twist on our favorite show. But if we peel back the layers of pop culture references, what does it actually mean to be traumatized, […]

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October 22, 2013
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Busy October

As you can imagine, Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is a busy time of year here at REACH. We started off the month with our Waltham Neighborhoods Fall Festival, which brought community members out on a Saturday afternoon to get to know one another, hear some great music, and participate in fun group activities. Then, […]

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September 30, 2013
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10 Ways to Participate in Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is in full swing! Are you looking for ways to participate? Here are 10 things you can do: 1. Tell people! Talking about domestic violence takes away the shame and stigma that allows abuse to thrive. Say to a friend, “Hey, did you know October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month?” Share […]

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Why We Need Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 1st marks the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). We asked the members of our Survivor Speakers Bureau why we need DVAM, and here is what one of them had to say. I had never heard of DV awareness month. Why would I – it had nothing to do with me, right? I […]

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September 20, 2013
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5 Reasons to Get Excited for the Reach for the Stars Gala

This year marks the 10th Annual Reach for the Stars gala. We can’t believe how much has changed in 10 years, and yet how many familiar faces still join us to celebrate each year. If you haven’t been able to join us for the past couple of years, we’d invite you to come back and […]

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September 12, 2013
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Summer Recap: Camp and Backpacks

Sixteen kids who have experienced homelessness and domestic violence got to go to camp this summer with help from REACH and our funding partner, the Steve Glidden Foundation. The kids were between the ages of 5 and 14 (12 were “new” campers we haven’t funded before and 4 were returning). They chose between day camp, […]

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September 5, 2013
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Summer Recap: Peers Against ViolencE Training

Thanks to an ongoing grant from Community Health Network Area 17, our work with the Waltham High Peer Leaders continued during the summer months. Six rising seniors came to our office for forty hours over five weeks to learn about dating and domestic violence, trauma, children who witness violence, sexual assault, privilege and oppression, media […]

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August 28, 2013
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Moving Forward After Tragedy: 5 Things You Can Do

This week’s blog post was supposed to be a preview of our upcoming Waltham Neighborhoods Fall Festival. We were going to talk about leaves changing, neighbors coming together on a Saturday, music playing, hot dogs on the grill, and a community growing stronger and safer. Then the murder of Jennifer Martel sent shock waves through […]

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