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MAPS 2015 Awards Gala


Make your reservations now for the MAPS 2015 Awards Gala.
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel (606 Congress Street - Boston)
Cost: $90 per seat or $900 for a table of 10.
Contact Information: Please call Lucinda Morais, (617) 864-7600, Ext. 17, or email lmorais@maps-inc.org
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Open Mic/ Spoken Word Event with Elizabeth Freeman Center


Hosted by the Elizabeth Freeman Center
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Mission Bar and Tapas (438 North St, Pittsfield, MA 01201)
Contact Information: For more information, contact Denise at Elizabeth Freeman Center's Pittsfield office at (413) 499-2425.


Sexual Assault 101, Consent, and Bystander Intervention Training


Workshop to raise awareness about dating violence and sexual assault, challenge the mainstream of rape culture, and create a safe space on campus.
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Salem State University (352 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA 01970)
Contact Information: For more information, please contact the YWCA North Shore Rape Crisis Center's office at Phone: (781) 477-2313.


Paint the town (la) red: A Celebration of Survival | Pinta la ciudad de rojo: una celebracion de supervivencia


Stay tuned for more information on tickets and the The Network/la Red's on-line silent auction.
Time: 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Location: Center for the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave. Somerville, MA)
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Practice to Policy Conference 2015


Ending Homelessness for the Next Generation: Addressing the Developmental Needs of School-Age Children. Hosted by Brookview House, Inc. and Simmons School of Social Work
Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Paresky Center at Simmons College
Cost: $74.00 - $138.00 (prices vary)
Contact Information: Brookview House, Inc. Phone(617) 265-2965 | Email info@brookviewhouse.org
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Great Barrington Rally Against Sexual Violence with Elizabeth Freeman Center


Hosted by the Elizabeth Freeman Center
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Across from the Mahaiwe (14 Castle St, Great Barrington, MA 01230)
Contact Information: For more information, contact Denise at Elizabeth Freeman Center's Pittsfield office at (413) 499-2425.


2015 Victim Rights Conference


In honor of Victim Rights Month in Massachusetts and National Crime Victims Rights Week, the Victim and Witness Assistance Board and the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) is pleased to announce the 2015 Victim Rights Conference.
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (Check in/ Morning Refreshments 8:15 am - 9:00 am)
Location: Seaport World Trade Center (200 Seaport Blvd. | Boston, MA 02210)
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A Cause for Art


Enjoy an evening of brilliant works of art and a contemporary one-woman play. The Center for Hope and Healing is proud to present "Asking For It," a solo play by JoAnna Rush about faith and relationships, and finding and embracing sexuality and femininity. We are also delighted to bring you an outstanding artist showcase full of bold, modern works by influential artists from Greater Lowell.
Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: O'Leary Auditorium, UMASS Lowell (1 University Ave, Lowell, MA 01854)
Cost: Various prices.
Contact Information: For more information, contact amrith@centerforhopehealing.org
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The Clothesline Project - Nantucket


Annual display of A Safe Place Nantucket's Clothesline Project.
Time: 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Location: Nantucket Atheneum Garden (1 India St, Nantucket, MA 02554)
Contact Information: If you have any questions, please call A Safe Place Nantucket at 508-228-0561.
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The Voices of We


The Voices of We is a new full-length play that explores the challenges women face in todays sociopolitical and economic climate. The diverse characters in The Voices of We, face the daunting challenges inherent in the fight against domestic violence, and struggles for reproductive rights, self- defined gender identity and sexual orientation, motherhood, positive body image, and more.
Time: Various
Location: Boston Playwrights' Theatre (949 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215)
Cost: $30.00/ adult | $25.00/ Senior | $10.00/ Student
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23rd Walk for HAWC


This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the Walk for HAWC. Over the past 23 years, the WALK has become an integral part of the Salem and North Shore community happenings and has contributed to bringing awareness about domestic violence and the programs and services provided by HAWC. To date, the event is the largest of its kind here in Massachusetts. Over 1000+ Walkers come together to share the message of hope, love, and peace, and to continue to make domestic violence its business. Over the years, the event has coined the phrase: It’s our community. It’s our responsibility! ||| Featuring speaker Lovern Gordon, President of Love Life Now Foundation, Inc.
Time: Registration 9:00 am - 11:55am. Walk begins at 12:00 pm
Location: Salem Common, Salem, MA
Contact Information: 978.744.2299 x 114
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Sexual Assault Awareness Month - Brockton


Hosted by Health Imperatives.
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Massassoit Community College - Cafeteria (900 Randolph St, Canton, MA 02021)
Contact Information: For more information, please contact Mahara Pinheiro at 508-583-3005, ext. 5010.


Walk a Mile in Her Shoes


Hosted by Health Imperatives.
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Bridgewater State University (131 Summer St, Bridgewater, MA 02324)
Contact Information: For more information, please contact Mahara Pinheiro at 508-583-3005, ext. 5010.


SAAM Proclamation, City of Beverly


Mayor Cahill, Deputy Chief of Police Lelacheur, the Beverly Domestic Violence Unit, the City of Beverly, and the YWCA North Shore Rape Crisis Center join together to commemorate April as Sexual Awareness Month to call attention to the fact that sexual violence is widespread and impacts every person in our community.
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Beverly City Hall , Lawn (191 Cabot St, Beverly, MA 01915)
Contact Information: For more information, please contact the YWCA North Shore Rape Crisis Center's office at Phone: (781) 477-2313.


Book Discussion at the Nantucket Atheneum


Hosted by A Safe Place - Nantucket. Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor's Story By: Lynn C. Tolson (September 10, 2003) A true story, Beyond the Tears begins with the suicide attempt of an abused and addicted twenty-five-year-old woman. In the aftermath, she commits to counseling to recover from anxiety and depression associated with post-traumatic stress disorder. The author engages the reader in therapy sessions where the young woman reveals dysfunctional family relationships, including domestic violence, sexual abuse, and mental illness. Due to the therapeutic process, the woman discovers a path to love and the value of life, and she ultimately achieves a life that reflects health and happiness. In sharing this inspirational journey, the author provides a message of hope.
Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: Nantucket Atheneum Garden (1 India St, Nantucket, MA 02554)
Contact Information: Contact Information: If you have any questions, please call A Safe Place Nantucket at 508-228-0561.
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Diva's Dance


Put on your dancing shoes and join us for the ultimate ladies' night out in support of DOVE's mission to end domestic violence!
Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Granite Links Golf Club (100 Quarry Hill Dr, Quincy, MA 02169)
Cost: $50.00
Contact Information: For more information, contact Heather Dabreau, DOVE's Neighborhood Organizer, at 617-312-0562 Heather.Dabreu@dovema.org
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Take Back the Night - Gloucester


Hosted by YWCA North Shore Rape Crisis Center. TBTN marches and rallies to unify individuals to stand against violence in their communities. 
Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Gloucester City Hall 9 Dale Ave, Gloucester. Walking to Cape Ann Savings Bank Park
Contact Information: For more information, please contact the YWCA North Shore Rape Crisis Center's office at Phone: (781) 477-2313.


MACA's 5th Annual Statewide Conference


Join the Massachusetts Children's Alliance (MACA) for MACA's 5th annual statewide conference Healing, Hope & Justice: An Advanced Conversation. The conference will feature a full day of education on best practices and innovative methodologies for responding to children who have experienced sexual or physical abuse.
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19th Annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace


This Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10th, 2015, thousands of caring and concerned citizens will rally and walk in support of creating a more peaceful and violence free community. Your participation will help deliver this much needed and important message and will support the efforts of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute and other community organizations working to stop the violence.
Time: Registration begins at 7:00 am | Walk Begins 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Location: Town Field Park, Fields Corner 1520 Dorchester Avenue Dorchester, MA 02122
Contact Information: If you have any questions, please contact the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute at events@ldbpeaceinstitute.org or 617-825-1917.
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Elizabeth Stone House Golf Tournament


The Elizabeth Stone House welcomes golfers of all skill levels to participate in their second annual golf tournament to raise money for Building with a Mission: The Campaign for the Elizabeth Stone House. This year’s tournament will be held at Spring Valley Country Club in Sharon, Massachusetts. The par 72 course at Spring Valley has been ranked among the top courses in the state.
Location: Spring Valley Country Club in Sharon, Massachusetts
Contact Information: For more information on the tournament, please email golf@elizabethstone.org.
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Battered Mothers Custody Conference


This year’s theme is Hands Across the Water! The agenda will include information, interviews, and presentations by battered mothers’ and children’s advocates from countries from across the pond in Europe. This is NOT a Jane Doe Inc. event, please select "Find Out More" for more information.
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: EMPIRE HOTEL CLARION MEADOWLANDS 2 Harmon Plaza, Secaucus, NJ, US, 07094
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2015 Women of Color National Call to Action Summit and Conference


Coming Full Circle: Survivors and Communities of Color Leading the Way to Justice and Healing. | This National Summit and Conference is the result of over 25 national Call to Action Calls that began in April 2007 with over 700 women of color, male and mainstream advocates across the country to raise awareness regarding the workplace challenges that women of color advocates and activists face in their violence against women programs and the lack of women of color leadership within the anti-violence against women movement as a whole.
Time: Registration opens on Wednesday, May 20th at 12:00 PM PST. Summit begins at 3:00 pm PST. Ends May 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST.
Location: Town & Country Resorts & Conference Ctr 500 Hotel Circle North San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: Early Bird (ends March 30th): $150.00 | General Registration: $175.00 ends April 30th. | Late Registration: $200.00 ends at the event on May 23rd.
Contact Information: Shasme Jackson, Program Coordinator Women of Color Network, Inc. ncta@wocninc.org 844-962-6462 ext. 701
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Community of Conscience Breakfast "Celebrating Progress"


Hosted by Casa Myrna. | The Norman Knight Charitable Foundation Leadership Award presented to Megan Gates, Esq., Mintz Levin The Myrna Vazquez Advocacy Award presented to Councilor Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Council
Time: 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Location: Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill | 5 Blossom Street | Boston, MA
Cost: Various. See "Find Out More" for prices.
Contact Information: If you have any questions, please contact Casa Myrna at 617-521-0176.
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Transforming Access: Understanding and Supporting LGBQ/T Communities Impacted by Violence and Abuse


The GLBT-DVC Transforming Access Conference is a one-day conference put on by the GLBT Domestic Violence Coalition to increase knowledge about the ways in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and/or transgender people and communities experience violence and abuse, as well as increase access to domestic and sexual violence services. Workshops throughout the conference will help to equip our community with the knowledge and skills necessary to support LGBQ/T survivors and to have critical conversations about community accountability and transformation within our movement. Goals: •To increase knowledge about lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and/or transgender communities •To increase knowledge about the ways in which LGBQ/T people experience domestic and sexual violence •To problem solve around the barriers that survivors in community and the movement face •To strategize around community accountability within our movement
Location: Fenway Health | 1340 Boylston Street
Cost: $40.00
Contact Information: For questions email: info@glbtdvc.org
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And Still We Rise


And Still We Rise Productions is a collaborative theater project dedicated to healing, public awareness, and social change through empowering the voices of formerly incarcerated people and their loved ones.
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry | 10 Putman Street Roxbury, MA 02119
Contact Information: For more info, contact Rev. Rebecca Hinds at rhinds@uuum.org or 617-318-6010 x214.
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New Hope: 5K & Family Fun Walk


The New Hope 5K and Family Fun Walk is a community celebration of healthy lifestyles, healthy relationships and healthy communities.
Time: Registration opens at 7:45 am. 9:00 am 5K Run Starts and Family Health Fair
Location: Remington/Jefferson School ~ 628 Washington Street Franklin, MA 02038
Cost: Adults = $25 | Students w/ ID = $15 | Children 12 and under = $25 | Corporate/ Social Team of (10) = $250
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8th Annual Shannon's Run


Please join in memory of Shannon Lee Meara, a dating violence homicide victim. Proceeds will help raise awareness about the devastating effects of dating violence.
Time: Registration tent from 9:00 am - 10:45 am | Kickstands up at 11:00 AM
Location: Sons of Italy | 168 Lexington Street Woburn, MA 01801
Cost: $20.00 donation includes a FUN motorcycle ride through scenic North Shore, followed by a cookout, dancing, music, raffles, 50/50 and much more. Cars are welcome.
Contact Information: evans1775@hotmail.com
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Batterers' Intervention Program


The Family Safety Project at Holy Family Hospital will be conducting a MA Department of Public Health approved Batterer Intervention Certification training. This course is designed for individuals who are concerned about domestic violence and men who batter. Participants will learn how a MA DPH approved certified batterer intervention program operates. We will discuss the behavior of abusers and its impact on victims. We will also review the new MA DV statute and discuss risk assessment/management strategies. Past participants have included probation officers, protective service workers, police officers, nurses, social workers, domestic violence advocates, corrections staff, mental health and substance abuse counselors. This training is a pre-requisite to work in a MA DPH certified program.
Time: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (June 12, 19, and 26)
Location: To Be Announced
Cost: $250.00 for the first person from an agency. $200.00 for each additional person attending from that agency.
Contact Information: Doug Gaudette (978) 989-0607
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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes for A Safe Place


Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® Nantucket is organized by A Safe Place, Inc. and all of the proceeds from the walk will go directly to A Safe Place. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® is an event designed to raise awareness about violence against women by asking men and boys to literally walk a mile in women’s shoes – high heeled shoes. It’s not easy to walk in these shoes, but it’s fun and will help the Nantucket community think and talk about some difficult issues: gender relations and men’s sexual violence against women.
Time: 10:00 am (registration) | 10:30 am walk
Location: Children's Beach, Nantucket, MA 02554
Contact Information: Questions? Feel free to contact A Safe Place by phone (508-228-0561) or e-mail prevention@asafeplacenantucket.org
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Wilderness Heals


Wilderness Heals is a three-day pledge hike to raise funds for the Elizabeth Stone House. The Stone House helps homeless individuals and families rebuild their lives after experiencing domestic violence, substance abuse and mental illness. The Stone House provides residential and non-residential programs and services, as well as an emergency shelter for those who are in immediate need. As the Stone House's largest fundraiser, Wilderness Heals raises crucial, flexible funding that helps meet the needs of the families it serves.
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