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A Response to Domestic Violence Homicide in Newton


NEWTON, Mass., July 18, 2023 – In the wake of yet another domestic violence homicide in Massachusetts this year, local and statewide domestic violence organizations are reminding the public about shelter and safety resources following the tragic death of Nancy Hanson of Newton on Saturday. “We are deeply saddened for Nancy Hanson and her family....

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Meet Our 2023 Boston Marathon Runner: Emily Cummings


  On Monday, April 17, the Marathon returns to Boston! This year, the City of Newton awarded The Second Step a charity bib, which will be proudly worn by Charlestown resident Emily Cummings. Emily and her wife, Kelly Whittaker-Cummings, a Boston qualifier, are raising funds in support of our life-saving work. We sent Emily a few questions so we...

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Thanks for Giving!


On this Giving Tuesday, we want to thank our supporters and donors. The Second Step family would not be complete without the generous support of our community. We are incredibly grateful to have a group of people committed to our mission and a future free from domestic violence.

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DVAM 2022


  October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. This includes a range of behaviors (e.g. slapping, shoving, pushing) and in some cases might not be considered “domestic violence.”  Domestic...

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Executive Director Remarks from Celebrating Success, May 2022


Sue Ross, Esq. Executive Director I have been involved with The Second Step for almost 15 years. Like many of our supporters, I was introduced when a friend brought me to a fundraising event. My husband and I became donors, and then several years later, I started volunteering with the then-new Steps to Justice Program....

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Celebrating Success Returns Thursday, May 12


After three long years, Celebrating Success is back! Join us for our 30th anniversary gala on Thursday, May 12, at the Brae Burn Country Club. You will hear insights from guest speaker Bonnie Michelman, Executive Director of Police, Security, and Outside services at Mass General Hospital. We are delighted to welcome our community for another...

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Staff Attorney MacKenzie Mahoney Testifies in support of Improving Protections for Sexual Assault Survivors


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...

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COVID-19 Update: Office Reopening


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...

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Take Pride with The Second Step


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...

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April Is Sexual Assault Awareness Month


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)...

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