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September 2021: Officer Zane, Acton’s Service Dog – An Interview with his Human Partner, Detective Jon Stackhouse

It is well known that service dogs can be extremely helpful and supportive to people with disabilities. As Acton PD’s Detective Jon Stackhouse and his canine partner Officer Zane are proving, they can also be incredible assets in community policing. DVSN works closely...

August 2021: The Big-Picture Economic Impact of Domestic Violence

99% of abusive relationships involve some form of financial abuse (Forbes). This may play out for survivors in many different ways and combinations of ways with varied levels of impact. Domestic violence can affect not only physical and mental health but leach into...

July 2021: Fostering Self-Doubt – The Manipulative Abuse of Gaslighting

Gaslighting is a manipulative and insidious method by which an abuser may subtly gain control over their victim’s thoughts and feelings. It is particularly prevalent in, but not limited to, intimate partner relationships and other interactions where there is an...

June 2021: Moving Forward – DVSN Updates & Upcoming Events

The first half of 2021 has seen several exciting new ventures for DVSN, and we are looking forward to a few more coming up soon!DVSN's Speaker Series We kicked off 2021 with a new program. COVID-19 health concerns unfortunately prevented us gathering for our annual...

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...
July 2020: Adapting to COVID-19

July 2020: Adapting to COVID-19

It’s a strange new world we’re living in. The COVID-19 pandemic has altered life as we know it in so many ways. Everyone is feeling the fear, anxiety, grief, frustration, and uncertainty that has accompanied this unprecedented time. Many victims of domestic violence...

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