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- DOVE Inc | Ending Domestic Violence | Massachusetts
Mission Hope, healing, safety, social change. Working together to end domestic and partner violence. DOVE is here. Our advocates work tirelessly to provide safe, calm, and caring support. All services are free and confidential. GET SUPPORT GIVE TODAY SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSELTTER DOVE Affirms Black Lives Matter , Stands Against Anti-Asian Violence , & Advocates For Reproductive Justice Join DOVE for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Dating violence is more common than you may think, especially among teens and young adults: 1 in 3 U.S. teens will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from someone they’re in a relationship with before they become adults. And nearly half (43%) of U.S. college women report experiencing violent or abusive dating behaviors. (Source - Love Is Respect) Join us as our Education and Prevention team raises awareness of teen dating violence. We have many exciting events that we will be announcing here and on social media @Youthspeak_DOVE so stay tuned! DOVE'S IMPACT THIS PAST YEAR 3,242 Clients Served Through our Community-Based Advocacy Services, Children's Clinical Services, Civilian Domestic Violence Advocacy Services, Legal Advocacy Services, Quincy/Dedham District Court Outreach Services, and 24-Hour Hotline Calls 12 Families 365 Days/Year Sheltered Our Emergency Shelter supports program participants to ground themselves after crisis or a period of homelessness. DOVE Support Staff helped to ensure the safety of program participants 365 days/year 24/7, while Advocates assisted participants to seek transitional and/or permanent housing and economic stability beyond shelter 6,494 Community Members Engaged Through Outreach Presentations and Trainings, YouthSpeak Presentations on Dating Abuse, and YouthSpeak Peer Educators in High School Programs Contact Us
- Helpful Links & Resources | DOVE
Helpful Links & Resources LEGAL Local Resources: Mass Legal Help National Resources: Battered Women’s Justice Project Legal Momentum WomensLaw.org National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women Legal Network for Gender Equity HOUSING & BENEFITS Housing Search Resources: Quincy Community Action Programs Phone: 617.479.8181 Make sure to ask to sign up for housing search workshop HomeStart Housing Search Program Phone: 617.542.0338 Walk-in hours Wednesdays 3-4:45pm Family and Community Resources Phone: 508.583.6498 or 508.583.3775 State that you are a survivor of domestic violence in need of housing assistance Common Application for MA Public Housing Make sure to apply for preferences due to domestic violence MA Section 8 Centralized Waiting List Make sure to apply for preferences due to domestic violence Mass.Gov resources list City of Boston Metrolist rental listings City of Boston lottery listings Metro Housing Boston rental listings MassHousing rental listings MassAccess Housing Registry rental listings Housingworks rental listings HUD Affordable Housing Online rental listings SEB lotteries Rental Assistance Resources: Rental Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT): NeighborWorks Housing Solutions Phone: 781.422.4200 For those in: Cohasset, Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Randolph, Weymouth Metro Housing Boston Phone: 617.859.0400 For those in: Braintree, Brookline, Milton, Quincy RCAP Solutions Phone: 978.630.6600 For those in: Bellingham, Franklin South Middlesex Opportunity Council Phone: (508) 872-4853 For those in: Avon, Canton, Dedham, Dover, Foxborough, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Needham, Norfolk, Norwood, Plainville, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole, Wellesley, Westwood, Wrentham Quincy Community Action Programs Phone: 617.479.8181 Interfaith Social Services (HomeSafe Program) Phone: 617-773-6203 ext. 16 Jewish Family & Children’s Service Phone: 781-419-6777 COMMUNITY Local Resources: Jane Doe, Inc . SafeLink : 1.877.785.2020 The 10 to 10 Helpline : 877.898.3411 The 10 to 10 Helpline is a free, anonymous, and confidential intimate partner abuse prevention helpline, serving Massachusetts adults and teens. Helpline Responders are trained to treat all callers with respect, and to support their efforts to become and remain safe and accountable in their relationships. Learn more at 10to10helpline.org . 10 to 10 Helpline Brochure National Resources: The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence New Futures without Violence Children's Services Local Resources: Parent Stress Line : 24/7 confidential and anonymous National Resources The National Child Traumatic Stress Network Sesame Street in Communities : How to talk to your kids about violence, various life transitions, foster care, health, homelessness, incarceration and more. Parents Corner - Association for Play Therapy : Resources on how to talk to your children about various topics and give some info about play therapy. LGBTQIA+ Local Resources: The Network La/Red Violence Recovery Program – Fenway Health National Resources: Community United Against Violence The Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian, and Gay Survivors of Abuse FORGE Anti-Violence Project
- Children's Services | DOVE
Children's Services Domestic violence or partner abuse in the home affects the entire family system and children often feel that impact. The Children’s Program at DOVE provides long-term therapeutic counseling for ages 3-18 utilizing a variety of modalities including: play, parent-child, attachment-focused, story-telling, and traditional one on one counseling. The Children’s Program works closely across DOVE’s various programs and with external child focused systems such as schools, the Department of Children and Families and other therapeutic supports. Support groups are offered intermittently throughout the year. Short-term parent support is also available to support survivors in navigating challenges or concerns that may include: parenting in the context of partner violence child development child behavior discipline, and setting routines Parents interested in support for their children are encouraged to receive services through our Individual Counseling & Advocacy Services. In addition, DOVE offers child & domestic violence specific consultation, training, and workshops to those in fields serving youth. All services are free and confidential. For more information, contact the Children’s Services Coordinator at 617.770.4065 x 320.
- Domestic Violence Awareness Month: The Tiny World of an LGBQT+ Survivor
LGBTQ+ communities tend to be small. If someone feels safe and accepted as their most authentic self with only a few people, their world tends to be even smaller. LGBTQ+ survivors may only have a small circle of chosen family, which includes their partner, and may shrink even further due to the isolation typical of abusive dynamics. Thus, these survivors may share their entire support system with their abusive partner. Due to a limited number of LGBTQ+ services and spaces, the only spaces they may be out in – and therefore could talk about their relationship in – could be those their partner frequents. So, who will an LGBTQ+ survivor tell if they experience abuse? Fear of being refused services based on gender or sexual identity is a powerful barrier to seeking support. Will they be believed? Does the person they are talking to recognize the intricacies of abuse in the LGBTQ+ community? Even if they are believed and provided services, these survivors don’t know if support will be accompanied by behaviors or comments that, regardless of intention, are painful. Will staff understand their identities? To reach outside of one’s tiny community for support also necessitates recognition of one’s experience as abuse. Messaging that abuse is primarily experienced by women in heterosexual relationships is powerful in our society, and an LGBTQ+ survivor may not identify what they’re experiencing as abuse. The tiny world of an LGBTQ+ survivor could be broadened at each level by societal shifts away from homophobia and transphobia. Our work as community members is not just interpersonal. We must do our part in combatting the oppression LGBTQ+ individuals experience to make it more accessible to reach out for support and build healthier relationships free of shame, secrecy, and fear. DOVE serves survivors of all genders and sexualities. Reach out for support if you need it.
- Domestic Violence Awareness Month: From One Survivor To Another
As October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I wanted to share some insight into the ongoing problem of domestic violence, especially during these unprecedented times. As someone who has experienced it myself, I know that there are so many fears and emotions that keep victims and survivors stuck; self-blame, guilt, and shame can stop us from reaching out. I am the mother of four young adults right now but during my divorce, they were four school-aged children. My ex-husband was in the law enforcement field and so, I hid the abuse for a very long time. The good news is that there are programs out there that can help survivors of domestic violence and their children. If you are a survivor, I hope you are reading this now: you are loved, you are cared for. If it is safe to do so, please find a way to make a phone call to your local domestic violence agency or to someone you trust for support. As for myself, I still struggle sometimes. I have lost a lot of friends along the way after my divorce and know how devastating the isolation can be. I gain strength, however, from a domestic violence support group at DOVE once a week and my other spiritual and social support systems. Now, I hope to share my story to make sure others don’t ever have to feel alone again. So please find somebody that you trust, make that call to your local domestic violence agency, start planning for your safety and wellbeing. You deserve to live a life free of abuse! Please stay healthy and safe! Lisa
- DOVE Signs on to JDI's Letter of Support for Police Accountability
A Joint Letter From Programs Serving Sexual and Domestic Violence Survivors Dear Speaker DeLeo, Senate President Spilka, and Policing Reform Conference Committee Members: We, the undersigned community-based sexual and domestic violence service providers, urge you to take immediate action to pass a policing reform bill that incorporates the many provisions of S.2820/H.4886 designed to increase police accountability and reduce harm in communities most impacted by police violence. Those who oppose police reform often cite the needs of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault as reasons not to place reasonable limits on police authority to use force. This argument presumes that the greatest risk to victims is the person who caused them immediate harm, and the greatest means of protection is to call the police. However, the reality for many victims and survivors is that both police action and inaction can sometimes add more harm, and these harms are disproportionately experienced by people and communities of color, immigrants, poor people, those struggling with addiction and mental illness, and so many more. As organizations who work to end sexual and domestic violence, we want you to hear directly from us that harm reduction in policing practices is essential to ensuring that law enforcement officers and the system as a whole will be more effective and more accountable to the communities they serve. Survivors repeatedly tell us that they do not want their abuser hurt, and certainly not killed, when they call for help; they want the harm to stop, to feel safe in their own homes, and for those who caused them harm to be held accountable in meaningful ways. Victims should also not have to worry that they or their children might be hurt by the very people they are calling for help. We ask that you declare that Black lives in the Commonwealth matter by supporting efforts that will reduce the harm of police-inflicted violence on our communities. Omnibus Policing Reform Priorities We see the provisions of S.2820/H.4886 as one step towards reducing the harm of structural violence in Massachusetts. In particular, the following provisions must be included in an Omnibus Policing Reform bill to improve the safety and justice for all people in the Commonwealth. 1. Ban the most violent of police tactics. We urge the Conference Committee to include strong use of force standards including a complete ban on the most violent of police tactics—chokeholds, no-knock warrants and tear gas and other chemical weapons. These violent and harmful police tactics need to be prohibited to ensure the safety of all persons who encounter a police officer. We have witnessed time and again the use of chokeholds by police officers against Black men that ultimately lead to death. This practice cannot continue. We have also seen the dangers of no-knock warrants which are disproportionately used when Black and Brown people are the suspects. Lastly, tear gas and other chemical weapons have been shown to cause serious hormonal disruption, bodily injury and even death. The Commonwealth must not allow these dangerous practices that disproportionately target and harm Black people to continue. 2. Strict limits on qualified immunity. It is imperative the Conference Committee answer the calls of the people to impose strict limits on qualified immunity to ensure that police can be held accountable when they violate people’s rights. Banning violent police tactics is meaningless if there is no way for people to hold the police accountable if they break the rules. 3. Ban on the use of facial recognition technology. Face surveillance technologies have serious racial bias flaws built into their systems. Based on research, we know this technology is extremely poor at accurately recognizing the faces of women and people of color, misclassifying darker-skinned females at an extremely higher rate than lighter-skinned males. These dangerous failings of facial recognition technology serve to supercharge racist policing. Furthermore, all survivors of sexual and domestic violence, and particularly Black survivors, should not have to worry that calling the police will result in them being wrongfully identified as a criminal or having their activity monitored. 4. Prevent sexual assault in police custody. Included as an amendment to H.4886, this provision closes a statutory loophole by prohibiting law enforcement officers from engaging in sexual conduct with persons in their custody. There is no clear ability to determine consent when power dynamics are so significant that one party has the power and ability to control another’s personal liberty. Law enforcement officers should not be able to use their role to subject a person in their custody to any unwanted sexual contact of any kind. 5. Create an Independent Oversight System with Strong Accountability Measures: Massachusetts is one of only a few states without a POST system. Any oversight body should have strong civilian representation and evidentiary standards that enable rather than deny justice. We urge the Committee to establish a POST system that is truly independent and includes strong representation from members of the public who have personal and/or professional experience with respect to the impact of structural racism on communities of color. 6. Justice Reinvestment and Opportunity in Communities Affected by Incarceration : Reducing the harm of police-inflicted violence on communities also requires investing in communities most impacted by crimes and the successes of criminal justice reform. We support investing in the Justice Reinvestment Workforce Development Fund to support communities heavily impacted by crime and the criminal justice system. Using savings from reductions in incarceration to strengthen communities & prevent crime through programs like workforce development, social enterprise & small business development, dropout prevention programs, and transitional employment improve the lives of survivors of sexual and domestic violence and their communities. 7. Commission on Structural Racism: Unfortunately, our declarations of injustice and critiques of structural racism often fall on unsympathetic ears in the absence of empirical data. Despite the numerous reports that look at racial disparities, there has not been a commission that will take a comprehensive look at the policies and practices that lead to racially disparate outcomes. In order to hone in on the policies and practices that lead these disparate outcomes we trust that you will include in the final version of the bill a commission on structural racism. This is our opportunity as a Commonwealth to invest in our communities to build a more equitable and just Commonwealth that explicitly values Black Lives, and which in doing so will also improve the ability of law enforcement to more effectively and ultimately more safely respond to domestic and sexual violence. Signed, Sue Chandler DOVE Executive Director