It is very hard to speak up if you are being abused at home. You feel embarrassed, afraid for your offspring and tied down by the abuser. All that should end. Domestic violence must end. There are many organizations, including Jane Doe Inc., First Step, and Saheli, that offer support to the abused and guidance to the abuser who is willing to change.

Arlington Public News invited two proactive members of the Arlington community into the studio for an in-depth interview on what steps should be taken as individuals and as a society. Elaine Shea, co-founder of First Step in Arlington, described domestic violence and what the community is doing and should do to put an end to such violence, while Craig Norberg-Bohm, coordinator for the Men’s Initiative for Jane Doe Inc., talked about funding and this year’s theme of #ReImagineManhood. Together, they spoke of the upcoming event in the Lyons Hearing Room at Town Hall, where they will screen a TED Talk on this subject and conduct a discussion thereafter.

Please watch the interviews for more information about First Step, Jane Doe Inc., and putting an end to domestic violence.

 

Please read the help page for the town of Arlington: http://www.arlingtonma.gov/departments/police/domestic-violence

Support Groups:

Jane Doe Inc.

Ph: (617) 248-0922

Address: 14 Beacon St # 507, Boston, MA 02108

Website: www.janedoe.org

 

First Step

Ph: (781) 316-3219 (safe line)

Website:www.arlingtonfirststep.com/

 

Family Service Unit

Ph: (781) 316-3915

Address: 112 Mystic St. Arlington, MA-02474

Email: rgallagher@town.arlington.ma.us

 

Reach

Ph: Office: 781.891.0724

Fax: 781.891.3861

Hotline: 800.899.4000

Email: info@reachma.org

Address: PO Box 540024 Waltham, MA 02454

Website: http://www.reachma.org/

 

Emerge

Ph: 617-547-9879

Email: info@emergedv.com

Website:www.emergedv.com/

 

Therapists in Arlington:

https://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/prof_results.php?state=MA&city=Arlington&spec=181

 

Massachusetts Office of Health and Human Services

Website: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/

 

Announcement sent by First Step’s Elaine Shea:

Join the White Ribbon Campaign and the First Step Domestic Violence Program

For a viewing and discussion of

Jackson Katz’s TED Talk Video:

“Violence Against Women – it’s a Men’s Issue.”

Following the video there will be a group discussion led by

Selectman Joe Curro

and

Craig Norberg-Bohm

This FREE event will take place on

Thursday, March 26, 2015

7:00 – 8:30 pm

at

Arlington Town Hall

In the Lyons Hearing Room

730 Mass. Ave.

Arlington, MA 02476

White Ribbon pins and light refreshments will be available.