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STEP UP TO THE PLATE
Saturday, November 3, 2018, 7pm. Please join us for dinner and a special guest speaker to support survivors. Click here to sponsor, buy tickets or donate!

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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.

Our programs

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.

TSS Highlight – Sue Ross, Director of Steps to Justice

10 October 10, 2018

For Domestic Violence Awareness Month (#DVAM2018), we’re highlighting our Steps to Justice legal services program and its exceptional director, Susan Ross! Sue leads a dedicated team of staff and volunteer attorneys who provide legal assistance and representation to survivors of domestic violence across Greater Boston and MetroWest. We also want to remind you that if you or anyone...

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#DVAM – Domestic Violence Awareness Month with The Second Step

28 September 28, 2018

Help Craft the Clothesline Project with The Second Step   TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2ND, 7:00-8:30PM NEWTON NEW ART CENTER, 61 WASHINGTON PARK, NEWTON, MA   Spend the day with us at the Newton Center Harvest Fair   SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14TH, 10:00AM-5:00PM NEWTON CENTER GREEN, LANGLEY RD. & CENTRE ST.   Join us for the Clothesline Project Showcase...

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JOIN US FOR TRIVIA NIGHT ON October 21st!

17 September 17, 2018

Sunday, October 21, 2018 5-7 pm Social Restaurant & Bar, 320 Washington Street, Newton Corner Have fun, raise awareness, and support survivors of domestic violence with The Second Step! Pair up, team up, and show off your knowledge of arcane facts while doing good in our community. Bring your family and friends! Click here to...

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Step Up to the Plate – November 3, 2018

29 August 29, 2018

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 3, 2018. 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...

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TSS Highlight – Alexandra Simes, Board President

1 August 1, 2018

Join us as we kick off a new series of highlights – staff and board members, volunteers, and community partners of The Second Step! We hope you enjoy getting to know the many members of our community. We’ll start off with Alexandra Simes, our Board President.   “My involvement with The Second Step – which most...

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Join us for Trivia Night on June 27th!

26 June 26, 2018

Wednesday, June 27, 2018   7-9 pm Social Restaurant & Bar, 320 Washington Street, Newton Corner Have fun, raise awareness, and support survivors of domestic violence with The Second Step! Pair up, team up, and show off your knowledge of arcane facts while doing good in our community. Click here to register: thesecondstep.ejoinme.org/trivianight or call Suzanne Wakefield @ 617-916-2758

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LGBQ/T Relationships Youth Group – starting May 1st @6:30pm!

20 April 20, 2018

Building healthy relationships, to heal from unhealthy ones At The Second Step, we believe that bringing LGBQ/T youth and allies together in community is critical to growth and connectedness. LGBQ/T youth often feel marginalized by their community or families, so this group, facilitated by TSS together with community partners, will be a space for youth to build connections...

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Celebrating Success Gala & Documentary Play

21 November 21, 2017

Purchase tickets, sponsor, or donate now! Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 Newton Marriott 6:00pm Cocktails & Silent Auction 7:00pm Dinner Program & Documentary Play Honoree:  Joyce Kulhawik, Emmy-Award winning Arts & Entertainment Critic Celebrating Success is a powerful and inspirational evening, bringing together over 400 individuals and businesses from Greater Boston to support survivors of domestic...

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Trivia Night

24 October 24, 2017

Thursday, October 26, 2017   7-9 pm Social Restaurant & Bar, 320 Washington Street, Newton Corner   Have fun, raise awareness, and support survivors of domestic violence with The Second Step! Pair up, team up, and show off your knowledge of arcane facts while doing good in our community.   Click here to register: thesecondstep.ejoinme.org/trivianight or call...

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Step Up to the Plate – November 4, 2017

9 August 9, 2017

The Second Step’s premier fall event – Step Up to the Plate – is an intimate dinner event with 15 concurrent dinner parties on the evening of Saturday, November 4, 2017. 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...

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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:

Residential

Community

Steps to Justice

Youth and Prevention