Status: 501(c)3 tax-exempt, nonprofit organization
Location: Melrose, Massachusetts is a city of approximately 28,000 people located 7 miles north of Boston. Our offices are on the 2nd floor of the Beebe Estate at 235 West Foster Street in Melrose.
Mission: To raise community awareness of teen dating and domestic violence, and to promote programs that work to reduce violence and encourage healthy relationships.
Funding: MAAV is funded through a combination of federal, state and local grants, individual and corporate donations, and funds raised through special events. Our two major fundraisers each year include the MAAV Walk & Candlelight Vigil in October, and the Melrose Run for Women, led by the Melrose Running Club each year on Mother’s Day.
Staff: 1 full-time Executive Director and 3 part-time staff members.
Board of Directors: 12 Board members and 9 Associate Board members include representatives from the police, schools, clergy, hospital, business community, health department, students, parents and community members at large.
Current Programs and Accomplishments
Community Awareness Activities
- Palm cards listing hotline numbers placed in stores, restaurants, public buildings, churches, medical offices and businesses throughout the community.
- Information booth at the Annual Victorian Fair.
- Annual Walk & Candlelight Vigil held each October commemorating victims and survivors of domestic violence.
- MAAV e-newsletter, “The Communicator” with more than 2500 subscribers.
- Daily tips and updates using social media.
- Web site providing information and confidential advice.
- Editorials in the local newspapers and programs on cable television.
- Presentations on relationship violence to church, civic and community groups.
- Men4MAAV initiative engaging boys and men as allies and leaders.
- Peer Mentoring Program matching trained high school students with middle school youth.
- “Healthy Relationships” Program for all 8th graders in the Melrose Public Schools.
- 20-member Student Action Board at Melrose High School addressing teen dating violence and sexual assault and serving as peer mentors to 9th graders.
- Teen palm cards listing hotline numbers distributed to teens and school staff.
- MAAV mobile app, with information on teen dating abuse and resources for teens.
Training for Professionals
- Offer training on domestic violence, teen dating abuse and bullying for educators, healthcare, childcare and human service providers, police, and clergy.
Resource & Referral Services/Support for Victims
- Follow-up with victims referred by the Domestic Violence Officer at the Melrose Police Department, offering information, support, resource and referral services.
- Provide assistance in response to phone calls, office visits and e-mails from individuals, friends and family members seeking help.
- Provide weekly support group for victims and survivors of domestic violence.
- Resource Library includes brochures, handouts, articles, books and videotapes available free of charge or for loan.
- Links to resources for counseling, legal assistance, healthcare and shelter
- Serve on Melrose Community Coalition.
- Serve on Melrose Public Schools Wellness Advisory Council.
- Invited to speak on teen dating abuse prevention at the White House in February 2013.
- Served as model for Stoneham and Wakefield to launch similar organizations.