In 2011, the Melrose Public Schools, in partnership with MAAV, was awarded the S.T.E.P. Grant (Services, Training, Education & Policy to Reduce Teen Dating Abuse) through the US Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). This 3-year grant project, Safe Steps for Teens, enabled us to develop policy, train staff, conduct awareness campaigns, create services for victims, and implement prevention programs with students, staff, parents and coaches at the secondary level.
In 2016, MAAV was awarded the Consolidated Youth Grant through OWV to continue our work at the secondary level and expand to the elementary level, serving young children exposed to domestic violence. There is also an emphasis on outreach to LGBTQ students and engaging men and boys as allies.
The project is called Steps for Melrose, reflecting our expansion and reach into the community. In addition to MAAV, partnering agencies for the project include the Melrose Public Schools, Melrose Police Department, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Riverside Community Care, the North Shore Alliance for Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Youth, and the Men’s Initiative for Jane Doe, Inc.
Please click on the links to the left to learn more about the project and related materials.