REACH turns 30!
REACH Beyond Domestic Violence is proud to be celebrating our 30th anniversary this year. In 1981 community members took a chance and took responsibility for creating safer and healthier communities. We started out as the Waltham Battered Women Support Committee, Inc.: a group of women who recognized the need for services in the western suburbs of Boston and decided to act. What began three decades ago as a hotline and small shelter facility led by volunteers has grown into a leading multi-service agency serving 6,000 people a year in 27 cities and towns. In 2004, we changed our name to REACH (Refuge, Education, Advocacy, and CHange) to reflect our growth and to better represent what we do.
In 30 years, the agency and the domestic violence movement have both grown. We know so much more now about the dynamics and prevalence of abuse, and about what can be done to prevent it. But there is still much to be done. Throughout this anniversary year, we are taking a look back at where we’ve been, and at the road ahead. We hope you will join us for special events like the Reach for the Stars Auction Gala on October 27, which will be enhanced in recognition of this important milestone. We hope you will also take the opportunity to reflect on your own role in building healthier communities, and recommit to standing with us to end domestic violence. Help us commemorate this anniversary year by making a commitment to engage others in this work. Host a house party or event and invite your community to learn more about healthy relationships. Together we can reach beyond domestic violence.