May 18, 2017
By REACH TEAM

What’s Changed since the Election for Immigrant Survivors?

REACH’s work with immigrant survivors of domestic violence is nothing new. We have deep roots in Waltham, a diverse community with one of the largest and fastest-growing Latinx populations in the state. We are proud to serve any and all survivors, regardless of where they come from, how they got here, or what their immigration […]

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May 11, 2017
By REACH TEAM

The Psychological Toll of Hypervigilance

For some people, the days and weeks since the new presidential administration took office have seemed to be one piece of bad news after the other. Some of us have our legislator’s office on speed dial, calling endlessly to protest attacks on healthcare, civil rights, immigration, climate protections, trade partnerships, foreign interference, and other issues […]

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May 5, 2017
By Guest Blogger

How Proposed Changes to Health Care Could Affect DV Survivors

By Colleen Armstrong, PEAR (Prevention, Education, Advocacy and Response) Program Coordinator at Salem State University and former Education Program Manager at REACH. Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass health care legislation designed to roll back many facets of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or “Obamacare”) and implement a new system, the American […]

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April 27, 2017
By REACH TEAM

Guest Post: Bystander Intervention

This week’s post is a Q and A with our friend Gabriel Fontes, who interned with us last fall and has stayed on as a volunteer. Gabriel is a student at Brandeis University and leads workshops on Bystander Intervention. Since we are coming to the end of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we asked Gabriel if […]

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April 21, 2017
By Guest Blogger

Volunteer Voices: “This was just the beginning”

By Sumana The spring edition of REACH’s extended training for new staff and volunteers just concluded, and we asked new volunteer Sumana to share her experience with you. I was eager to volunteer in support of domestic violence survivors, but knew next to nothing of what that entailed. 

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March 30, 2017
By Guest Blogger

Suicide and Abusers

Anonymous For a while now, I have been supporting a friend whose sibling was in an abusive relationship.  My friend, so near and dear to my heart, was struggling both in supporting her sister, as well as being around her abusive partner.  The partner’s controlling behavior was concerning to say the least- monitoring texts, phone […]

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March 23, 2017
By REACH TEAM

6 Different Types of Abuse

The commonly held definition of abuse, which we use in all of our trainings, is “a pattern of behavior used by one person to gain and maintain power and control over another.” One thing to note about that definition is that we are talking about a pattern of behavior, in other words, not just one […]

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March 15, 2017
By REACH TEAM

Meet the 2017 Reach for the Stars Gala Co-Chairs

Longtime REACH supporters Liz & Pete Carpenter and Pat & Clint Moon are this year’s Reach for the Stars Gala Co-Chairs.  We are delighted to have their positive energy and professional strengths lead the committee to make this fundraiser another successful one. Read on to get to know a little bit about them. Tell us […]

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March 8, 2017
By Laura Van Zandt, Executive Director

What Laura is Thinking: Men and Masculinity

I am thinking about men and masculinity. I attended the 10th Annual White Ribbon Day event in Boston on March 1. The Massachusetts coalition, Jane Doe Inc., has organized this event each year and each year it gets bigger. There are more people, more men, more young men, more men in public and leadership roles, […]

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February 24, 2017
By REACH TEAM

Teen Voices: What TDVAM Is All About

This week’s guest blog post is from Janiah, one of the Peer Leaders in the PAVE (Peers Against ViolencE) club at Waltham High School. Hello, my name is Janiah Marrero and I am an officer in the PAVE (Peers Against ViolencE) club at Waltham High School. Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is in February and […]

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