News and Events

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Closing Out Domestic Violence Awareness Month


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!

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Step Up to the Plate: the 2020 Virtual Edition (the image depicts a zoom meeting)  

Join us for Step Up to the Plate: the 2020 Virtual Edition

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...

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Celebrating Success is now Celebrating Our Community (Virtual Event)

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...

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Domestic Violence In the News


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

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

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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COVID-19 Update: Survivor Services


The Second Step shares your concern about COVID-19, and we remain committed to serving our community during the crisis.  In compliance with the governor’s Executive Orders, we have temporarily modified how we do business in order to minimize the risk of virus transmission. All services remain available for survivors of domestic violence. Community and Legal...

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


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


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!


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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