Category: Miscellaneous

When Abusers Stalk: The Intersection of Stalking and Domestic Violence

January is Stalking Awareness Month. And while we might think of stalking as something that happens to actors or pop singers, it often plays a role in domestic violence or intimate partner relationships. According to The Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center, “40% of stalking victims are stalked by current or former intimate partners.” Melody’s Story Melody* is a survivor who’s been working with REACH for…

10 Years/10 Lessons: A Personal Journey with REACH

Lauren Nackel, Human Resources Manager, shares her thoughts and wisdom gained throughout ten years of service on behalf of domestic violence survivors at REACH Beyond Domestic Violence. I recently celebrated my 10-year anniversary of working at REACH Beyond Domestic Violence. As I reflect on what this means, I find myself overwhelmed with gratitude that I’ve had the unique privilege to work not only in this vitally…

Legacy Giving Q & A

Domestic violence is a large and complex issue. Planning for the future is as necessary as addressing it today. Legacy giving is a smart financial move for you and a life-changing gift for survivors of domestic violence.

Overcoming Loneliness

When I watched the news about U. S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy addressing loneliness, I felt disheartened because, as Director of Prevention Programs, I know our team is focused on building and sustaining healthy relationships and creating a sense of community. We combat loneliness and isolation every day. He has brought national attention to a very real public health crisis. Dr. Murthy’s new Surgeon General…

Reach for the Stars Gala 2023

Together at last! Our Reach for the Stars Gala event was held in person for the first time in three years on April 29, 2023 at the inspirational Artists for Humanity Epicenter in South Boston. Highlights of the evening included a powerful, heartrending presentation by our keynote speaker, a domestic violence survivor. Additionally, there was a resounding tribute and standing ovation to our former Executive Director, Laura…

In Honor of Laura Van Zandt

My friends tease me that I am too naïve for thinking a workplace led with integrity and kindness is the norm. But to me – it is. I met Laura in 2005 when I applied for the job of Office Manager at REACH. I had heard about the job with the endorsement that “REACH is led by amazing women,” namely Laura and Heather Latham, the Associate…

The Work and Family Mobility Act Becomes Law

It is hard to put into words how proud I am of the historic win we experienced with the passing of the Work and Family Mobility Act! For more than a decade Latinas Know Your Rights has worked alongside the MIRA Coalition and its members including the ACLU, Brazilian Worker Center and many other organizations that fought hard to build support from the ground up. I…

Leading and Leaving With Love

In March of 2020, the week of the shutdown, my daughter turned 3 years old. As we showered her with birthday gifts that had been dropped at our doorstep or mailed to us by friends and family who could no longer celebrate with her in person, I came across a hard covered book that had been sent to her by my older brother. As I read…

How my REACH Beyond Domestic Violence Internship Changed my Views on Policy Work

Blog by Emma Keeling I have always said that I dislike policy. I never had solid grounds for this argument, but something about staring at a document for hours and picking apart every piece of language seemed boring to me. Although as a Public Health major I knew how important policies were, I avoided policy work and instead took a more downstream and educational approach to…