New England's first domestic violence agency and the second oldest in the nation, RESPOND, Inc. is a pioneer in the movement to end domestic violence. Its work began in the early 1970s, when four Somerville, Massachusetts women started a grassroots effort to support victims of domestic violence by opening their own homes as safe havens for women fleeing abuse. In 1974, these "founding mothers" formed RESPOND. For over 40 years RESPOND has provided life-saving shelter, support services, training and education to more than 100,000 members of the community. Services are free and confidential, and available to all survivors of domestic abuse.
In the early 1970’s there were few protections, no shelters and no one to call. Determination, generosity and tenacity paved the way for us to celebrate 40 years of RESPONDing to Domestic Violence. Join RESPOND as we celebrate the cast of thousands who have made what started as an idea around a kitchen table become a reality: RESPOND, a leader in Domestic Violence prevention, intervention and education. Save the date!
RESPOND was named Hometown Hero thanks Fox 25 News and DCU Credit Union! Executive Director, Jessica Brayden, accepted the award on behalf of all RESPOND’s volunteers, donors, contributors, staff and mostly, those with the courage to come forward, share their story and move from crisis to confidence and a life free of domestic violence. Watch the presentation here! Link to Video >>
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