December 15, 2016
By Guest Blogger

Why I Never Miss the REACH Holiday Party

By Santa Claus As you may know, December is a busy time of year for me. I spend a good deal of time at the mall (where you might have seen me) asking kids what they want for Christmas and posing for pictures. Not to mention supervising all of the elves at the North Pole, […]

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December 8, 2016
By REACH TEAM

When And Where I Enter

This week’s blog post is from C, a member of our Shelter staff. Professor and author Derald Wing Sue describes micro aggressions as “every day verbal, nonverbal and environmental slights, snubs or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.” and […]

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December 1, 2016
By REACH TEAM

Survivor Voices: Isolation and Domestic Violence

One of the themes that comes up over and over again as we listen to survivors of domestic violence tell their stories is that of isolation. We are often asked why someone would stay in an abusive relationship. There are so many reasons someone might stay; what we have found is that isolation is one […]

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November 16, 2016
By Laura Van Zandt, Executive Director

What Laura is Thinking: Where Do We Go From Here?

Times of change and transition are never easy. They always bring questions, uncertainty, and apprehension. After a long and tough campaign season, we find ourselves in the aftermath of an election that upended conventional political wisdom and proved the polls and the punditry wrong. Now what? No one really knows what to expect next. Comments […]

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October 31, 2016
By Guest Blogger

Survivor Voices: Removing My Mask

This week’s Halloween-themed blog post is from Survivor MC, a member of our Survivor Speakers Bureau. During Halloween season it’s fitting to speak about scary movies, spookiness and wearing masks. For Halloween you get one day to be someone else: a super hero, a funny character, stepping back in time or the future and choosing […]

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October 26, 2016
By REACH TEAM

Listening and Learning

This week’s blog is by one of our Community Advocates, whose name we will withhold for confidentiality reasons. Recently I had the wonderful experience to be part of the Massachusetts Victim Assistance Academy (MVAA) which is conducted by the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) and other community agencies.

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October 19, 2016
By REACH TEAM

10 Tips for Being a Good Listener

For Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) 2016, our theme is “Listen and Believe.” While that might sound simple and straightforward, listening is a skill that we can all develop and improve over time. At REACH, we often hear from friends and family who are concerned about a loved one who is in an abusive relationship. […]

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October 12, 2016
By Lauren Montanaro, Community Engagement Specialist

Being There

I spend a lot of time talking with survivors of domestic violence.  Lately, I’ve been co-facilitating a support group at our shelter, where we utilize an arts based curriculum and psychoeducational framework.  In these conversations, we’ve had an opportunity to learn from one another about a variety of topics, including self-care, boundaries, trauma, domestic violence, […]

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October 5, 2016
By Kim Priore, Development and Communications Officer

Why “Listen and Believe?”

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). At REACH, we are painfully aware of domestic violence every day. Its effects are obvious on the faces of the survivors that come through our doors seeking help, whether in the form of physical injuries, or the wary looks on their faces. The other day we were waiting […]

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September 29, 2016
By Guest Blogger

Survivor Voices: M, Reach for the Stars 2016

The following words are adapted from a speech given by M, a participant in REACH’s Community Program and Survivor Speakers Bureau, at the 2016 Reach for the Stars Gala last Saturday. She brought a ballroom full of people to their feet with her courageous words, and we wanted to share them here for those who […]

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