25th Annual Walk & Vigil a Great Success!

In the midst of a pandemic, the community turned out in force for MAAV! Thank you to everyone who participated in our socially-distanced 25th Annual Walk Against Violence over the weekend of October 24-25. We were delighted to see so many people walking the traditional route around Ell Pond individually, with friends, family and small… Read More

Watch Now: 2020 Candlelight Vigil

At the heart of our Walk & Candlelight Vigil every year are the victims of domestic violence homicide in our state. We couldn’t gather together in person this year, but we held our Candlelight Vigil remotely. Join us as we honor Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan with our 10th Annual Advocacy in Action Award and… Read More

25th Annual Walk & Vigil: The Details

We invite you to join us for MAAV’s 25th Anniversary Walk & Candlelight Vigil, taking place this October.  This year’s walk theme is: “Lighting the Way Together,” a message we think reflects MAAV’s 25 years in the community and one that resonates even more as the community comes together to deal with the pandemic. Updates… Read More

25th Annual Walk & Vigil

We invite you to join us for MAAV’s 25th Anniversary Walk & Candlelight Vigil. This year’s walk theme is: “Lighting the Way Together,” a message we think reflects MAAV’s 25 years in the community and one that resonates even more as the community comes together to deal with the pandemic. Because of COVID-19, our events… Read More

25th Anniversary Bracelets Now Available!

MAAV’s 25th Anniversary Domestic Violence Awareness Bracelets are now available! We are selling these beautiful handmade bracelets, which feature purple jasper gemstone beads, online and in stores around Melrose. Click here for more information or to purchase one now!

Men4MAAV Award

Do you know a man who has had a positive impact on the community and serves as a positive role model for healthy masculinity? We are looking for nominations for our first-ever Men4MAAV Award for Excellence in Male Leadership. More details and the Nomination Form can be found here.

2020 Melrose Run for Women Canceled

Unfortunately, the 23rd Annual Melrose Run for Women has been canceled due to the coronavirus crisis. However, we are asking people to keep the tradition going by going out for a walk or run on Sunday (Mother’s  Day), wearing a T-shirt from a past race (or a favorite T-shirt), taking a picture or video of… Read More

Coping With Stress During the Coronavirus Pandemic

  Stress is something that everyone encounters at various times in their life.  Stress, especially chronic stress, is known to have a negative effect on people’s health and mental health.  The uncertainty surrounding coronavirus, travel bans, social distancing, school and work closures is certainly stressful and anxiety provoking. It is important to take care of… Read More

Join Our Community Read In

MAAV and the Melrose Public Library are teaming up for a Community Read In! Join us on April 29 for a discussion of the book “Know My Name” by Chanel Miller. This best-selling memoir highlights Miller’s journey as a survivor of sexual assault. “Know My Name” was named one of the 10 best books of… Read More

7th Annual Community Coffee House

The entire community is invited to celebrate healthy relationships while enjoying the talents of Melrose! On Sunday March 15, the Safe Steps for Melrose Project is hosting the 7th annual Community Coffee House, called “Voices Against Violence.” This event will feature performances centered around the themes of friendship, love and healthy relationships. The Coffee House… Read More