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May 2021: The Essentials of Self-Care

“Self-care” has become somewhat of a buzzword phrase recently and one promoted heavily during May, aka Mental Health Awareness Month. Easy for some, difficult for others, seen as a basic health tool or a selfish indulgence, self-care can be polarizing. Especially for...

April 2021: Sexual Assault Awareness Month #SAAM2021

2021 is the 20th anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). SAAM is about awareness and prevention of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse. Sexual assault is any sexual activity when consent is not obtained or freely given. It spans a gamut of behavior...

March 2021: Profile of a DVSN Advocate

Advocates are an essential component of the services DVSN offers. These dedicated and compassionate volunteers make DVSN’s Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program (DVVAP) and Court Support Program (CSP) possible. DVSN is proud, grateful, and fortunate to have many...

February 2021: The Romanticizing of Domestic Violence in Literature

February is the month of valentines, when love is in the air. A cold winter month, perfect for cozying up with a good book. It’s also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (#TDVAM). With all of these in mind, it seemed like the perfect time to talk about how domestic...

January 2021: The Universality of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence (DV). Domestic abuse. Intimate partner violence (IPV). Controlling relationships. Whatever term you use, this is an omnipresent issue. Domestic violence occurs across all cultures, religions, ethnicities, genders, and socioeconomic groups around the...

December 2020: Closing Out 2020 and Ringing In 2021 – DVSN Updates

As 2020 draws to a close, DVSN is looking back at what we were able to accomplish in this most unusual of years and looking forward to exciting events and endeavors in 2021. DVSN’s Online Presence is Growing In May, DVSN upgraded our website and expanded our social...

November 2020: Navigating the MA Courts During COVID – Procedures & Protocols for Restraining Orders

Adapt. It seems like this is the byword of the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals have had to adapt their lifestyles. Businesses have had to adapt to socially distant customer relations. Government systems have had to adapt how they conduct everyday public services and...

October 2020: “Start by Believing” – Building Awareness to End Abuse

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Domestic violence is a difficult topic to discuss.  It is a widespread, well-hidden travesty across all communities and cultures.  In the U.S., 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men will be assaulted in their lifetime by...

September 2020: Worried About a Loved One? Warning Signs of Abuse and How You Can Help

Domestic abuse is all about Power and Control. While physical violence is an obvious sign, verbal, mental, psychological, sexual, financial, and technological abuse are extremely common in controlling relationships.  Coercive, controlling behavior can be difficult to...

August 2020: The COVID-19 Domestic Violence Storm Cloud & Its Slim Silver Lining

COVID-19 has been tough on everyone. It has been particularly hard on those dealing with controlling partners. There has been a marked increase in domestic violence around the world during this pandemic. According to the United Nations, calls to authorities, shelters,...
May 2021: The Essentials of Self-Care

May 2021: The Essentials of Self-Care

“Self-care” has become somewhat of a buzzword phrase recently and one promoted heavily during May, aka Mental Health Awareness Month. Easy for some, difficult for others, seen as a basic health tool or a selfish indulgence, self-care can be polarizing. Especially for...

read more
April 2021: Sexual Assault Awareness Month #SAAM2021

April 2021: Sexual Assault Awareness Month #SAAM2021

2021 is the 20th anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). SAAM is about awareness and prevention of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse. Sexual assault is any sexual activity when consent is not obtained or freely given. It spans a gamut of behavior...

read more
March 2021: Profile of a DVSN Advocate

March 2021: Profile of a DVSN Advocate

Advocates are an essential component of the services DVSN offers. These dedicated and compassionate volunteers make DVSN’s Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program (DVVAP) and Court Support Program (CSP) possible. DVSN is proud, grateful, and fortunate to have many...

read more
January 2021: The Universality of Domestic Violence

January 2021: The Universality of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence (DV). Domestic abuse. Intimate partner violence (IPV). Controlling relationships. Whatever term you use, this is an omnipresent issue. Domestic violence occurs across all cultures, religions, ethnicities, genders, and socioeconomic groups around the...

read more