Who we serve

Domestic violence does not discriminate, and neither do we. The Second Step serves survivors of domestic violence - adults, children, and youth - regardless of age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic or immigration status. While our transitional residences are located in Newton, our Community Programs, Steps to Justice Legal Services Program, and Youth and Prevention Programs serve clients from across the greater Boston area.

Who we serve.

Through our Residential Programs, Community Programs, Steps to Justice Legal Services Program, and Youth and Prevention programs, we serve over 800 adult and child survivors of domestic violence each year. ALL services are provided free of charge. 

My Story

“My husband’s emotional abuse soon escalated to physical violence – behavior that our three year-old son began to imitate. One night my son threw a tantrum and slapped my face. His daddy came around the corner clapping and said, ‘That’s my boy. Show mommy who’s boss.’ That’s when I knew I had to leave.”

My Story

“To have this support around me has given me the wind beneath my wings to keep on soaring. The Second Step is a true stepping-stone, which has given me the strength and the confidence that I can – and will – succeed.”

My Story

“The Second Step taught me to become self-sufficient, and helped me to make my dreams become reality. They gave me the strength and the self-confidence to build my life again.”

My Story

“You have given me hope that there are still people out there and organizations like The Second Step that care about families like mine. I can never thank you enough. Someday I will help a teen just like me.”