July 21, 2017
By REACH TEAM

Why REACH Uses Art Therapy to Help Children Affected by Domestic Violence

“We don’t even need words, we go straight to where the memory is stored.” This is how REACH’s Child and Adolescent Therapist, Catalina, describes the work she does through art therapy with children. The Art Therapy Alliance defines art therapy as “the deliberate use of art-making to address psychological and emotional needs, facilitated by an […]

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July 10, 2017
By Laura Van Zandt, Executive Director

What Laura is Thinking: On Interdependence

I am thinking about interdependence.   I woke up on the 4th of July to beautiful weather and a day off for me and my family. How wonderful. And why: because of independence or because of interdependence? Do any of us function truly independently? Does anyone have all the capacities necessary to live a full […]

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June 30, 2017
By REACH TEAM

Who Cares for the Caregivers: Clinical Supervision and Why REACH Does It

If you’re familiar with REACH, hopefully you know that we try to offer the best support possible to domestic violence survivors by being knowledgeable about, and sensitive to, the effects of trauma. But have you ever wondered how our advocates come to understand so much about trauma? Or how domestic violence advocates avoid burnout? How […]

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June 16, 2017
By Laura Van Zandt, Executive Director

Past Performance

“There is a stomach-turning predictability to it,” said Monica McLaughlin, deputy director of public policy at the National Network to End Domestic Violence. “Whenever we hear of events such as these, those of us who work on domestic violence know there will be a history of domestic violence uncovered.” I am one of those who […]

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June 8, 2017
By Guest Blogger

3 Things I Learned as a College Intern

As the school year comes to a close, we are saying goodbye to Emily, who is a Brandeis student who interned with us helping to run our Peers Against ViolencE (PAVE) program. Before she left, we asked her to reflect on what she’s learned over the past year. This is what she had to say. […]

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June 2, 2017
By REACH TEAM

REACH is Moving: Update One

We are looking forward to sharing updates about our move project as it proceeds. It was fun to make and share the video we produced about how much we need this space. Have you seen it? If you have been to our current office recently, you know that we are busting at the seams. If […]

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May 25, 2017
By Laura Van Zandt, Executive Director

What Laura is Thinking: On Space

I’m thinking about space. I’m sure that doesn’t come as a surprise. REACH is moving to new office space – and we are thinking about that big move a lot.  I’m actually thinking about the idea of space in a broader sense… what are our spaces and how do those spaces affect us? What happens […]

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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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