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REACH (Refuge, Education, Advocacy, and CHange) Beyond Domestic Violence was founded in 1981 by a group of community volunteers in Metro West Boston who recognized the need for community services for women leaving abusive domestic relationships. These women first began a home-base hotline for domestic violence victims and by 1983 opened a domestic violence shelter. Today REACH is a multi-service agency providing prevention, intervention, and advocacy services. Our community programs focus on 27 cities and towns in the Metro West Boston suburbs, including: Acton, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Billerica, Boxborough, Burlington, Brookline, Carlisle, Concord, Dedham, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Needham, Newton, Reading, Sudbury, Waltham, Watertown, Wayland, Wellesley, Weston, Wilmington, Winchester, and Woburn.

While REACH has provided community-based domestic violence outreach and education services since the 1990s, PAVE officially began in 2004. Our first PAVE summit was held in 2005.

PAVE was created to enhance traditional awareness-raising outreach & education services by focusing on community engagement to prevent dating abuse. PAVE seeks not to replicate existing programs in our service area, but to support and augment them by providing professional training and technical assistance on dating abuse and related issues. For more on our theory and practice, read onů
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