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The Second Step fosters the safety, stability, and well-being of survivors of domestic violence.

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A Way From Violence

The Second Step fosters the safety, stability, and well-being of survivors of domestic violence (DV).

To Self Reliance.

Our residential and community-based programs build on the strengths, needs, and values of the individuals and families we serve. In partnership with survivors and in collaboration with the community, we lay a foundation for a future free from abuse and full of possibility. TSS also works to address the root causes of domestic violence and end it in our time.

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.



25th Annual Celebrating Success, Thursday April 27th

22 January 22, 2017

Purchase tickets, sponsor or donate now! Please join us as we celebrate 25 years of successes at the 25th Annual Celebrating Success Gala at The Westin Hotel in Waltham. Celebrating Success is a powerful and inspirational evening, with a cocktail reception, silent auction, and dinner program, bringing together over 450 individuals and businesses from Greater...

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Step Up to the Plate – November 5, 2016

10 October 10, 2016

Step Up to the Plate – in its 12th year in 2016 – is an intimate dinner event with 16 concurrent dinner parties on the evening of Saturday, November 5, 2016. Located in the private homes of our gracious hosts in Newton and surrounding towns, each dinner features a gourmet meal, engaging dinner companions, and...

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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


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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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