March 28, 2014
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Media Coverage of the Remy Case: What’s Missing from the Conversation

Following an in-depth article by Eric Moskowitz in the Boston Globe early this week, there has been a lot of conversation in the media and in the community about domestic violence. Columnists like Yvonne Abraham and legislators like Speaker DeLeo have used this opportunity to educate the public that, while horrifying, the leniency that Jared […]

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March 19, 2014
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Let Your Voice Be Heard!

On Thursday, REACH will join colleagues from other domestic violence agencies across the Commonwealth and head to Beacon Hill for the annual Jane Doe Inc. Legislative Advocacy Day. We’ll be focusing our conversations around three important pieces of legislation, as well as some budget priorities. First, the legislation: S1897: An Act to Establish Employment Leave […]

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March 13, 2014
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What Encourages Me to Say Hi

I grew up outside of Chicago and as part of a family of six I don’t remember having many moments of quiet in my life. There were neighborhood kids over frequently, we had a foreign exchange student one year, and often had extended family over for dinners and holidays. My parents made everyone feel welcome. […]

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March 7, 2014
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A Day in the Life of REACH’s Community Organizer

I begin most mornings in our Waltham outreach office and check the local news and Twitter to catch up on what is happening around the city. It is helpful to know what residents are talking about, what their concerns are, and how that ties into domestic violence prevention. Sometimes there are stories that require our […]

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February 28, 2014
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Hi, Neighbor!

Just when you feel like it’s the dead of winter and there’s nothing to look forward to, you realize: next week is Say Hi to Your Neighbors week in Waltham! For the uninitiated, Say Hi to Your Neighbors Week, now in its 3rd year, is comprised of events across our home city of Waltham encouraging […]

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February 11, 2014
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“Think back on your first love…”

Several years ago, I was invited to speak to a group of nurses and physicians about Teen Dating Violence. During the presentation an audience member asked this question, “How serious can teen dating violence really be? Since teens’ relationships aren’t that serious to begin with, and they know their relationships aren’t really going to last, […]

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February 6, 2014
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Survivor Voices: Poetry

As often as possible, we try to use this blog space to feature pieces written by domestic violence survivors. The following poem was written by Molly (not her real name) to describe how she felt when struggling with domestic violence and substance use.  Today Molly is living on her own, has regained custody of her […]

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January 29, 2014
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Volunteer Spotlight: Cris Perro

This week we want to introduce you to one of our volunteers, Cris Perro, who helps out at our Shelter and in various other ways around the organization. Tell us a little about yourself: I grew up in Massachusetts and love all the seasons we experience. Yes, even the winters! I’ve worked in Human Resources […]

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January 21, 2014
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January is National Stalking Awareness Month

The following column was written by Middlesex County Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian and our Executive Director Laura Van Zandt: Fourteen years ago this month, an explosion rocked an Everett apartment killing a woman and changing forever the way we look at the issue of stalking in Massachusetts. In 2000, Sandra Berfield – a resident of […]

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January 15, 2014
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Running for REACH

REACH is excited to announce that we will have a presence in the 2014 Boston Marathon! A good friend of our organization, Erica, is running this year’s Marathon to raise funds for REACH. We asked her to tell you in her own words a little about herself and why she is running for REACH: I […]

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