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. 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.
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.
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.
21 December 21, 2021
On December 7, 2021, there was a hearing on S939/H1820 An Act Improving Protections for Sexual Assault Survivors before the Joint Judiciary Committee. The Second Step Staff Attorney MacKenzie Mahoney provided oral testimony in support of improvements to our 258E sexual assault/harassment prevention orders. Here is the text of her testimony: “My name is MacKenzie...
25 June 25, 2021
With the end of the MA State of Emergency, The Second Step offices are safely reopening. Community advocacy, housing assistance, and legal services for survivors of domestic violence are available in person. (Please note, masks are required in the office for anyone not fully vaccinated.) For those who prefer to access remote services, advocates and attorneys...
24 June 24, 2021
June is Pride month, the time of year for celebration, remembrance, and honoring all things Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ)! Domestic Violence Advocate, Martina Gauderer, helps The Second Step highlight the importance of LGBTQ+ affirming resources for survivors of domestic violence: As we wrap up Pride 2021, The Second Step is reflecting upon...
29 April 29, 2021
As we close out Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), The Second Step honors the history and legacy of those who have shaped the movement to end sexual violence. Domestic Violence Advocate, Martina Gauderer, shares her connection to SAAM and how she finds power and healing in community: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)...
30 March 30, 2021
Join The Second Step on Wednesday, May 12th at 7:00pm for the premiere of our video, Plant a Seed: Stories of Strength! Plant a Seed: Stories of Strength A Video Premiere To empower survivors To inspire hope To spread awareness To strengthen communities Hear from survivors and staff as we reflect on the challenges and triumphs...
29 January 29, 2021
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month! Did you know that 26% of women and 15% of men who were victims of contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime first experienced these or other forms of violence by that partner before age 18 (CDC)? The Second Step can...
30 October 30, 2020
Tomorrow is the last day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month! Thank you to everyone who attended our events, read alongside us, and took this month to educate themselves about domestic violence and to support survivors. You can find the The Second Step’s Complete DVAM Book List here!
29 September 29, 2020
The Second Step’s premier fall event – Step Up to the Plate – has gone virtual! Join one of 6 engaging speakers on zoom for an evening of good company and engaging conversation to support survivors of domestic violence, all from the comfort of your home! Each Zoom party features a special guest—a writer, media...
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 learn more about how COVID-19 is impacting survivors of domestic violence, how we are adapting our services and meeting increased needs thanks to our generous community of supporters. Please join...
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’...
Since 1992, we have partnered with thousands of survivors to build better futures.
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