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  • Let's Dance Thank You! | DOVE

    Thank You Everyone! On behalf of DOVE’s Staff, Board of Directors, and the Let's Dance Event Committee members, thank you for supporting DOVE’s 2023 Let's Dance: Rise Above, Dance for DOVE. You helped us raise more than $155,000 for DOVE’s lifesaving programs serving survivors of domestic and partner violence . We could not have done this without your incredible support of DOVE and our mission to end domestic and partner violence through hope, healing, safety, and social change. And a big shout out to our Staff, Event Committee, and Board of Directors who contributed greatly to the overall success of Let's Dance. It was an absolute pleasure getting together with long-time supporters and meeting so many new members of our community. Just as our survivor speaker acknowledged in the Let's Dance program, community support is crucial to the work we do. It is by working together that we can make more of a difference and ensure peace, justice, and equity for the safety and well-being of every individual. Thank you for your support and commitment to ending domestic and partner violence. ​ If you were not able to attend Let's Dance, you can still donate here! Donate Here! All photos wonderfully taken by Susan Hagstrom Thank You to Our Sponsors! Sarah Perry & Tony Kingsley Laurie Doran* & Christopher Wasel Christine* & Anton Nielsen Point32Health The Hale Family Three 33 Properties Eastern Bank Foundation Office of the Mayor, Quincy MA Mass General Brigham Heal Plan Stefanie Mansfield Dr. Olivia Moorehead-Slaughter* & Dr. Dennis L. Slaughter North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters Karen Albaugh Non Profit Capital Management Glenn Ricciardelli* South Shore Bank Villain Branding Allison & Alex Anderson Bank of Canton Beth Israel Deaconess Milton Sue Chandler Dedham Savings Adrienne* & Jim Gerlach South Shore Health State Street Corporation In Loving Memory of Allison Holmes Andrea S. Mintz & Robert C. Fox R Moyer Interiors Needham Bank Michael T. & Mary G. Jenkins Newton Wellesley Hospital Nadine & Alexander Steffan ​ ​ *DOVE Board Members

  • Contact Us | DOVE

    Contact Us IF YOU NEED IMMEDIATE HELP AND FEEL YOU ARE IN DANGER - DIAL 911​ Our business office hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST, Monday to Friday. ​ Programs and Services staff are available 24/7 via the crisis hotline at 617.471.1234 24-Hour Hotline: 617.471.1234 or 888.314.3683 ​ Supportive Counseling Services: 617.770.4065 x 300 ​ Legal Helpline: 617.770.4065 x400 ​ Civilian Domestic Violence Advocates: ​ Braintree, Quincy, Weymouth communities: Maureen Flores: 617.653.4226 ​​ ​ Holbrook, Milton and Randolph communities: Julie Thermidor: 617.831.8326 ​ ​ ​ Dedham and Norwood communities: Sarah Kinnane: 857.939.3058 Media inquiry: jessica.cohen@dovema.org ​ Events & fundraising: development@dovema.org ​ In-kind donations: development@dovema.org ​ Volunteer inquiries: development@dovema.org ​ Employment opportunities ​ Order materials & posters ​ Training, workshops, and speaking engagements: jen.bolton@dovema.org

  • Signs to Watch | DOVE

    PARTNER BEHAVIORS AND THINGS TO KNOW DOWNLOAD THIS INFORMATION DOES MY PARTNER? ​ Call me names? ​ Put me down or make me feel bad about myself? ​ Blame me when things to wrong? ​ Get jealous when I go out with friends? ​ Tell me what to wear or what to do? ​ Make me feel like I can't do anything right? ​ Frequently accuse me of cheating on them? ​ Push, hit, shove, or threaten me? ​ Control my access to my money? ​ Threaten to harm or kill a pet, or someone I care about? ​ Check up on me too often? ​ Call or text me too often? If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, you may be in an unhealthy or unsafe relationship. You are not alone and support is available. COULD MY RELATIONSHIP BE AFFECTING MY HEALTH? ​ Besides the physical injuries from abuse, the ongoing stress of having a controlling or violent partner can affect other areas of your physical or emotional health. ​ Am I depressed or anxious? Am I over eating and gaining weight? Under eating and losing weight? Do I drink, smoke, or use drugs to cope? Do I have frequent headaches or back / abdominal pain? ​ People experiencing abuse are 2 times more likely to be in poor health due to control of abusive partner . ​ ​ ​ There are safe steps you can take to get help. THINGS TO KNOW ... ​ Abuse is never your fault! ​ Violence can affect anyone. It touches people of every culture, race, class, religion, age, gender, and sexual orientation. People with disabilities, immigrants, and refugees often face additional risks. ​ Physical, emotional, verbal, sexual, and financial abuse are used by one person to gain power and control over the other partner. ​ Alcohol and/or drugs do not cause someone to be abusive and controlling. Violence is a choice. ​ Abuse does not go away over time. It usually gets worse over time. ​ Children are affected when they live in a home with domestic abuse. Contact Us 24-Hour Hotline: 617.471.1234 or 888.314.3683 ​ Supportive Counseling Services: 617.770.4065 x 300 ​ Legal Helpline: 617.770.4065 x400 ​ Civilian Domestic Violence Advocates: ​ Braintree, Quincy, Weymouth communities: Maureen Flores: 617.653.4226 ​​ ​ Holbrook, Milton and Randolph communities: Julie Thermidor: 617.831.8326 ​ ​ ​ Dedham and Norwood communities: Sarah Kinnane: 857.939.3058 Media inquiry: jessica.cohen@dovema.org ​ Events & fundraising: development@dovema.org ​ In-kind donations: development@dovema.org ​ Volunteer inquiries: development@dovema.org ​ Employment opportunities ​ Order materials & posters ​ Training, workshops, and speaking engagements: jen.bolton@dovema.org

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  • 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

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