The Network/La Red

Social Justice; Partner Abuse; Domestic Violence; Intimate Partner Violence; Non-Profit; Grassroots; Survivor-Led; LGBQ/T; Queer; LGBTQ

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Mailing Address

PO Box 6011, Boston MA 02114

Point of Contact

Cristina Dones
Manager of Community Engagement
617-695-0877 ext 103
[email protected]

Mission Statement

The Network/La Red is a survivor-led, social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, BDSM, polyamorous, and queer communities. Rooted in anti-oppression principles, our work aims to create a world where all people are free from oppression. We strengthen our communities through organizing, education, and the provision of support services.


The Network/La Red was formed in 1989 when a group of formerly battered lesbians came together to address domestic violence in lesbian and bisexual women’s communities in Boston. In 1991, we were incorporated under the name New England Women’s Support, Inc. d/b/a The Network for Battered Lesbians. The name was changed to The Network for Battered Lesbians and Bisexual Women in 1996, and in 2000 to The Network/La Red, with a mission of working with survivors of partner abuse in the lesbian, bisexual women’s and transgender communities. Our services are free, confidential, offered in English and Spanish, and accessible by wheelchair, TTY, and public transportation. Our services include: hotline, emergency shelter, support groups, safety planning, advocacy, technical assistance, and community outreach and organizing.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are now two ways to get involved in TNLR’s Volunteer Program. Folks interested in direct service (DS) can become DS volunteers and volunteers interested in outreach, education and/or organizing (OEO) can become OEO volunteers.

Direct Service (DS) Volunteers

These are the folks who work directly with survivors. When a survivor needs information, needs to plan around their safety, or simply to connect with someone who can listen without judgment these are the volunteers who are there. DS volunteers provide connection to community, peer-support, safety planning assistance, information about partner abuse, and resources. There are several ways a DS volunteer supports survivors including staffing our crisis hotline, visiting with guests in our safehome, providing safehome space in their home, and facilitating support groups.

Outreach, Education, and/or organizing (OEO) Volunteers

These are the folks that bring the conversation about partner abuse into the community which in-turn provides more support for survivors and decreases isolation. Some volunteers become the face of the organization. Attending events, giving information about TNLR, partner abuse and our services. They provide survivors, their families, and their friends with access to support and other services. Some OEO volunteers teach about partner abuse through our PACE (partner abuse community education) program. Other volunteers help through committee work planning events, planning around how we do our work with intention and care, and organizing how we connect in communities.

Contact to get involved

Joha Van Osten
Volunteer Coordinator
[email protected]
617-695-0877 ext 107


We post our events on our website and on our social media. We will also sometimes send out email campaigns. We reserve newsletters for organizational highlights (this may include events but that’s not true all the time.) You can visit the events tab on the website to see a list of our upcoming events as well as a list of community events we’re attending in solidarity.