Fast Facts

walk 2010Founded: 1995

Status: 501(c)3 tax-exempt, nonprofit organization

Location: Melrose, Massachusetts is a city of approximately 28,000 people located 7 miles north of Boston. Our offices are on the 2nd floor of the Beebe Estate at 235 West Foster Street in Melrose.

Mission: To raise community awareness of teen dating and domestic violence, and to promote programs that work to reduce violence and encourage healthy relationships.

Funding: MAAV is funded through a combination of federal, state and local grants, individual and corporate donations, and funds raised through special events. Our two major fundraisers each year include the MAAV Walk & Candlelight Vigil in October, and the Melrose Run for Women, led by the Melrose Running Club each year on Mother’s Day.

Staff: 1 full-time Executive Director and 3 part-time staff members.

Board of Directors: 15 Board members and 6 Associate Board members include representatives from the police, schools, clergy, hospital, business community, health department, students, parents and community members at large.


Current Programs and Accomplishments:

Community Awareness Activities

Information Booth at the Annual Victorian Fair.

  • Palm cards listing hotline numbers placed in stores, restaurants, public buildings, churches, medical offices and businesses throughout the community.
  • Annual Walk & Candlelight Vigil held each October commemorating victims and survivors of domestic violence.
  • DSC_0120025Publication of MAAV newsletter, “The Communicator.”
  • Web site providing information and confidential advice.
  • Editorials in the local newspapers and programs on cable television.
  • Presentations on domestic violence to church, civic and community groups.

Prevention/Education Programs

  • Initiated comprehensive Bullying Prevention Program at middle school level, including training for staff, students and parents.
  • Community Mentoring Program matching adult volunteers with middle school youth.
  • 6-session “Healthy Relationships” Program for all 8th graders.
  • “Dear Lisa” Program on dating violence for all 9th and 10th graders.
  • Teen palm cards listing hotline numbers distributed to teens and school staff.
  • 16 member Student Action Board at Melrose High School; implements programs to prevent dating violence, sexual assault, and other issues.
  • Founded Peer Mediation Program at Melrose High School.
  • Domestic and teen dating violence training for clergy, healthcare professionals, parents, and school personnel.


  • Bullying Prevention trainings for students, staff and parents which meet or exceed the requirements of the Massachusetts anti-bullying law
  • Recognizing and Responding to Intimate Partner Violence in the Healthcare Setting
  • Healthy Relationships: Understanding Teen Dating Violence
  • A Community-wide Approach to Preventing Relationship Violence
  • The Effects of Domestic Violence on the Family Systemphoto (56)

Resource & Referral Services/Support for Victim

  • Palm cards with hotline numbers in over 30 sites throughout the community.
  • Local attorney referral list for pro bono/sliding scale opportunities.
  • Respond to phone calls, office visits and e-mails from individuals, friends and family members seeking help.
  • Brochures, handouts, articles, books and videotapes available free of charge/for loan.
  • Links to criminal justice, healthcare, counseling and other resources.


  • Serve on Melrose Community Coalition.
  • Serve on Melrose Public Schools Health Advisory Council.
  • Selected as model program and featured on national broadcast addressing teen dating violence prevention.
  • Helped neighboring communities of Stoneham and Wakefield start similar organizations.
  • Executive Director Rebecca Mooney was named 2006 Community “Unsung Heroine” at awards ceremony at the State House in Boston.DSC_0658
  • Student Action Board awarded the 2009 Jackson Katz Award from Northeastern University’s Sport in Society Institute.
  • Received one of only 27 federal grants for Youth Violence Prevention from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
  • One of 7 communities nationwide to receive the federal STEP grant
  • Received federal Department of Education Mentoring Programs grant in 2007.

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