Domestic Violence

Despite the gains in public awareness over the past decade, domestic violence remains a significant public health issue in the United States, affecting 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men in their lifetimes. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, children are 1,500 times more likely to be abused in homes where partner abuse occurs.

MAAV offers trainings on domestic violence to healthcare providers, professional development for educators and childcare providers, and awareness workshops for community groups. These interactive trainings include pertinent information and practical strategies geared to the needs of the participants.

Please click on the links below for more information on our domestic violence trainings.

For civic, community, business and religious groups:

It IS Your Business: A Community Response to Domestic Violence

For nurses, physicians, social workers and other healthcare providers:

Recognizing and Responding to Intimate Partner Violence in the Healthcare Setting

For teachers, childcare providers and other professionals working with children:

The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children and Families 

Teen Dating Abuse

Research shows that abuse in relationships often begins in adolescence and that 1 in 4 teens will experience violence in their relationships. MAAV trainings educate students, parents, teachers, staff and healthcare providers to recognize and effectively respond to the warning signs of abuse in order to stop teen dating violence in the early stages.

Research also indicates that teens are most likely to confide in their friends when it comes to relationships. MAAV offers peer leadership training for students, teaching age-appropriate skills for helping peers.

Please click on the links below for more information on our teen dating abuse trainings.

Teen Dating Violence: What Parents Need to Know

Love Is…Love Isn’t: Promoting Safe & Healthy Relationships in the Adolescent Years (for teachers and staff)

Healthy Relationships:  Stopping Teen Dating Violence Before it Starts (for middle and high school students)

Healthy Relationships:  The Virtual Version (for middle and high school students)

Peer Leadership Training: Empowering Youth to Make a Difference (for middle and high school students)


Since 2000, MAAV has been involved in bullying prevention at the elementary, middle and high school levels. State funding allowed staff to develop the S.T.A.R.S. Program (Students Teaching Acceptance & Respect in Schools) where trained middle school peer leaders presented skits and information on bullying to elementary school students.  From 2004-2007,  a federal grant enabled staff to work closely with staff, parents and students at the  Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School  to implement a comprehensive, school-wide bullying prevention program based on the evidence-based Olweus Bullying Prevention Program model.

After the passage of the Massachusetts Anti-Bullying Bill in 2010, An Act Relative to Bullying in Schools, MAAV provided effective, research- based bullying prevention trainings for staff, parents and students for school districts throughout Massachusetts. Starting in 2014, MAAV has led bullying prevention trainings for the Melrose Police Department’s Junior Police Academy each summer, and in 2019, MAAV launched our Project Leadership club at Melrose High School. All members of the club are trained on bullying prevention and then lead workshops with students at MVMMS.

Please click on the links below for more information on our Bullying Prevention Programs:

How to Prevent, Recognize and Respond to Bullying: A Training for All School Staff

Bullying Prevention: A Parent-School Partnership

“Just One”: Empowering Bystanders to Stop Bullying