Don’t miss out on Early Bird pricing for WAAV’s 6th annual

Race to End Domestic Violence

After last year’s virtual race, The Wakefield Alliance Against Violence’s,
(WAAV) Racing to End Domestic Violence 5k run/walk around Lake
Quannapowitt is back. This professionally-timed race is on Saturday,
October 16th at 9:00 am. Early bird pricing is just $25 if you sign up by
Tuesday, August 31st. After that, the price increases to $35. The youth rate is $20 (for anyone 16 and under). People who register by September 25th are guaranteed a race shirt. Packet pickup is the day of the race at The Lakeside Inn, 595 North Ave., from 7:30-8:45 am. A $75 cash prize will be awarded to the top male and female finishers after the race at the Lakeside Inn. All pre-registered 16 and under youth runners will get a Cravings gift card for participating. This year, the race will be professionally timed and bibs will have a timing chip.

All proceeds raised will go towards WAAV’s efforts to combat violence in our community. WAAV coordinates educational programs for students in school and for members in the community. In addition, WAAV connects individuals and families to agencies that offer intervention and direct service to people who are experiencing violence. WAAV also uses proceeds from this race to provide Wakefield Police Department with gift cards, which are given to Domestic Violence survivors in emergency situations.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we hope you can join us for a fun event to help us raise awareness.

For more information, to donate, to be a sponsor, or to sign up for the race, please visit our website at

The White Ribbon Campaign is a global movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and all gender based violence. We can’t wait to share!

The Athletics and Wellness Director for the Wakefield Public Schools and WAAV member, Brendan Kent, applied for and received a grant regarding Game Change: The Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership. Game Change is an innovative approach to violence prevention education. The program is funded by the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. It provides training in anti-violence strategies to students, faculty, and coaches at 90 public high schools (and we are one of them!).

In the spring of 2016, nearly 200 people representing 90 schools and nine sexual assault and domestic violence service organizations were trained in the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) curriculum. Wakefield HS was chosen for Phase 2, and received a more in depth, on-site training for 30 students. Participating students were trained as peer educators in anti-violence strategies. The trainings were run by the Center for Sport in Society at Northeastern University. MVP uses a sport-themed curriculum and employs collegiate athletes and former professional athletes as trainers. Teacher Kim Margolis currently oversees the MVP youth.

Each year before Junior prom, WAAV sponsors The Yellow Dress presentation to the junior class at the high school. The Yellow Dress is a dramatic one woman play based on the stories of young women who were victims of dating violence. The carefully constructed program stimulates thought provoking discussion about relationships; a topic important in every young person’s life. It tells the story of a young woman’s relationship that begins as young love, full of passion and promise- and ends in tragedy.
We help support the Wakefield Police Department’s Rape Aggression Defense (RAD self-defense) class. The class is 12 hours held over four evenings. The final night is simulation night, where the young women will put their newly acquired skills to use. For more information or to sign up, please contact Officer Kelley Tobyne at [email protected]
In October during Domestic Violence Awareness month, we hold our annual 5k race around Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield. Through our many generous sponsors and runners, we were able to raise over $2,000 last year! These funds allow us to purchase various gifts cards that are held at the police department and distributed to victims of domestic violence in emergency situations. We have also assisted survivors with lock changes to help keep them safe.
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