Welcome to RESPOND!
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 35 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.
Do you know how to spot teen dating violence? Executive Director Jessica Brayden tells you what to look for.
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RESPOND’s website is funded in part by grants from BCBSMA Foundation Catalyst Fund and Give Camp New England