Did you know that 17.9 percent of all children of all ages have been exposed to physical domestic violence? Children exposed to violence and trauma exhibit significantly higher levels of emotional and behavioral problems than their non-exposed peers.

That’s why we offer school-based counseling and intervention services for children exposed to domestic violence. Our services cover all of the Melrose Public Schools, including the Franklin Early Childhood Center. Our goal is to help children build skills for safe and healthy peer relationships, and to succeed in school. Our Safe Steps Counselors work with students both individually and in small groups, using a variety of activities to increase skills for communication, problem-solving, healthy coping and personal safety. We also support parents who are identified survivors.

Our services are free of charge, and are provided in school by a master’s level social worker. Additionally, our Safe Steps Counselors offer consultation and training to staff as requested.

For more information, contact a Safe Steps Counselor:

Crystal Johnson (Tuesdays and Thursdays): (781) 462-1575, cjohnson@maav.org

Kristen MacGlashing (Mondays and Wednesdays): (781) 462-6428, kmacglashing@maav.org