Civilian Domestic Violence Advocacy Program Manager
Maureen Flores (she/her) is DOVE’s Civilian Domestic Violence Advocacy Program Manager. Under her direction the program has grown from its original two police departments in 2008 (Quincy and Randolph) to the current eight (Braintree, Dedham, Holbrook, Milton, Norwood, Randolph, Quincy and Weymouth). Maureen provides them with support, safety planning, education, information about the civil and criminal justice systems and connections to resources or options they may not be aware of. She also oversees support programs in both Quincy and Dedham District Courts. It is her personal goal to increase DOVE’s services in this capacity to all Police Departments in Norfolk County who are not already operating with a Civilian Advocate.
Maureen also serves on the Lt. Governors Assess and Response Committee which has worked on a number of projects to make this state safer. The creation of a domestic violence assessment worksheet and strangulation form for use with police departments across the Commonwealth making the police response on these cases consistent. The creation of guidelines for High Risk Team and most currently the committee is working on creating a state wide 7-point plan to reduce homicides in the Commonwealth.
Previous to this position, Ms. Flores spent 15 years working in DOVE’s Domestic Violence Emergency shelter, in various positions, assisting those who fled their situation to the safety of the emergency shelter. Her years of dedication to helping those experiencing domestic violence at DOVE earned her the Advocate of the Year Award through MOVA in 2013.