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The Second Step is a community of survivors, advocates, and volunteers who foster the safety, stability, and well-being of those who have experienced domestic violence.

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A Way From Violence

Through Connection

Through Healing

Through Community

To Self Reliance.

We provide comprehensive services, including safety planning, legal advocacy, counseling, peer support, transitional housing, and other essential services to adults, youth, and children in Greater Boston and MetroWest.

Think you need help or know someone who might? Contact us today.

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Who We Are.

Since 1992, we have partnered with thousands
of survivors to build better futures. No matter where you are in your journey, we are here for you – all the way from crisis to well-being.

Since 1992, The Second Step has partnered with thousands of survivors to address the aftermath of abuse and build brighter futures for themselves and their children. We know that services alone are not sufficient to help survivors heal from their trauma, nor can awareness campaigns make the necessary impact in abuse prevention.

So we find a different way. See how you can contribute today.

We work with clients to connect discrete points of service and build supportive social networks within a framework of trauma-informed care. We help make different social service interventions more effective, bridging gaps between service providers and helping survivors become stronger and more resilient over time.

But we can’t do it alone. Join our community of supporters, and make change in your community today.

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ACROSS OUR RESIDENTIAL PROGRAMS, 21,000 DAYS AND NIGHTS OF SAFE SHELTER AND HEALING PROVIDED EACH YEAR.

Celebrating Success is now Celebrating Our Community (Virtual Event)

5 August 5, 2020

 We hope you can join us on September 24th for a re-imagined Celebrating Success event, “Celebrating our Community.” This virtual event is an evening to celebrate and thank our community of supporters, and to share the impact of your support. Our community has truly come together during this challenging time. Please join us for a 30-minute virtual program,...

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COVID-19 Update: Survivor Services

16 April 16, 2020

The Second Step shares your concern about COVID-19, and we remain committed to serving our community during the crisis.  To minimize the risk of virus transmission we have temporarily closed our administrative offices effective March 18th. However, all services remain available for survivors of domestic violence. Community and Legal services will be provided remotely via...

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Domestic Violence In the News

7 April 7, 2020

Survivors of domestic violence are facing greater challenges than ever before, including increased risk of abuse, increased isolation and difficulty escaping danger. Many are also experiencing loss of wages and the inability to meet their family’s basic needs. We are moved to see conversations about domestic violence, these challenges, and the organizations that meet survivors’...

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Join The Second Step for White Ribbon Night

25 February 25, 2020

What is White Ribbon Night? The White Ribbon Campaign was created by men in response to one man’s massacre of fourteen women. The campaign urged men to speak out against violence against women. Jane Doe Inc. led the establishment of the annual White Ribbon Day Campaign in Massachusetts in 2007, an intentional effort to connect men...

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Introducing Our 2020 Celebrating Success Honoree: Alexandra Simes

7 February 7, 2020

We are proud to honor Alexandra Simes for her extraordinary contributions to The Second Step. Alexandra has passionately served the organization as a remarkable volunteer providing leadership, vision, and mentoring over the past decade as a board member, supporter and ambassador of The Second Step. Through years of selfless dedication of time and energy, Alexandra has truly made a...

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Step Up with Tyler & Ashley Ott and Our Board of Directors to Give the Gift of Safety

4 December 4, 2019

Ashley Ott, member of The Second Step’s Board of Directors, and Tyler Ott, Long Snapper for the Seattle Seahawks, have generously partnered with local artist Julianne Strom Brill to decorate Tyler’s cleats on behalf of The Second Step. As part of the NFL’s My Cause, My Cleats fundraiser, Ott will auction his cleats and all proceeds will go to...

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Step Up to the Plate – November 2, 2019

6 August 6, 2019

The Second Step’s premier fall event – Step Up to the Plate – is an intimate dinner event with 12 concurrent dinner parties on the evening of Saturday, November 2, 2019. Located in the private homes of our gracious hosts in Newton and surrounding towns, each dinner features a gourmet meal, engaging dinner companions, and a local luminary...

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Julie Lima joins The Second Step!

16 July 16, 2019

The Second Step is thrilled to announce that Julie Lima, MSW, most recently of the YMCA of Greater Boston and Cradles to Crayons, will be leading TSS as its next Executive Director. Julie will take over from Matthew Swoveland, who leaves TSS after five years to be closer to family out west. Julie brings a...

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Executive Director Transition

26 April 26, 2019

After five years at The Second Step, Matthew Swoveland, Executive Director, is relocating to the west to be closer to family. He will be transitioning out of his role at TSS late this summer. All of us at TSS are truly grateful to Matt for his steady yet visionary leadership, which has rejuvenated the agency’s...

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Celebrating Success Gala

18 January 18, 2019

PURCHASE TICKETS, SPONSOR, OR DONATE NOW! THURSDAY, APRIL 11TH 2019 NEWTON MARRIOTT 6:00pm Cocktails & Silent Auction with Mobile Bidding 7:15pm Dinner Program   EMCEE:  JOYCE KULHAWIK, EMMY-AWARD WINNING ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CRITIC/JOYCESCHOICES.COM Celebrating Success is a powerful and inspirational evening, bringing together over 300 individuals and businesses from Greater Boston to support survivors of...

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Get help.

Since 1992, we have partnered with thousands of survivors to build better futures.

If you are afraid for your immediate
safety CALL 911.

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Emergency Shelter
and Safety Planning

SAFELINK (Massachusetts-wide,
24-hour, toll-free domestic violence
hotline): 1-877-785-2020

National Domestic Violence
Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE(7233)

Pet Safety – Domestic Violence
Pet Safety Hotline: 781-235-8460

CONTACT THE
SECOND STEP

Call us at:
617-965-3999

Our offices are open from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, and outside of these hours by appointment.

You can also learn more about our programs here, and email us at:

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