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Programs and Services

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24-hour Hotline
DOVE staff are available 24/7 for callers to our anonymous Hotline. Callers may be victims, a health or social service provider, or someone concerned about a loved one. Staff offer an empathic, non-judgmental, and supportive ear, as well as information on available options and resources.


Emergency Shelter
DOVE operates a 6-bedroom emergency shelter for victims and their children. While in DOVE’s shelter, program participants are supported to ground themselves after crisis or a period of homelessness, as well as to establish goals for their next steps. DOVE Advocates assist program participants to seek transitional and/or permanent housing, to connect children with school, and to access other needed supports. A Nurse from Boston’s Health Care for the Homeless Program provides health care to shelter guests on-site, and a Public Health Dentist is available to provide dental care for program participants and their children.


Community-based Individual Advocacy Services
Community Advocates provide crisis intervention, danger assessments, safety planning, education, supportive counseling, guidance for housing and independence goals, and supported referrals to third party services as needed.

In addition to the above the LGBQ/T Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator at DOVE conducts presentations, workshops, and trainings about a variety of topics including LGBQ/T partner violence, healthy relationships, and homophobia/biphobia/transphobia to community service providers, religious organizations, businesses, and civic groups.


Psycho-Educational and Support Groups
Groups are open to clients on a range of topics such as “DV 101,” Healthy Relationships, Healthy Coping Strategies, Economic Self-Sufficiency, Healing with Yoga, and Creative Writing. Groups are available through DOVE’s Community Services Office and in collaboration with other community organizations.


Civilian Domestic Violence Advocacy Services
DOVE Civilian Advocates are based in the Quincy, Randolph, Dedham, Milton, Norwood, and Holbrook Police Departments and work with victims identified through police department domestic violence calls. They offer information, options and support related to restraining orders and a variety of other advocacy services. They also solicit feedback from victims about the police department’s response to the incident and uses this information to provide feedback to the police as a way to inform training and police protocol improvements.


Legal Advocacy Services
Legal Advocates/Staff Attorneys operate a Legal Helpline as well as provide legal advice and limited representation to domestic violence victims in Quincy District Court as well as at Probate & Family Court matters regarding restraining orders, divorce, child custody, child support, and other related matters.  DOVE also provides legal representation in immigration applications related to domestic violence, including U Visa Petitions and VAWA Self-Petitions.


Community Outreach and Education
DOVE offers presentations, workshops, and training on a variety of topics. Audiences include community service providers, religious organizations, businesses, and civic groups. In addition, DOVE conducts a comprehensive, 35-hour Domestic Violence Awareness Training (over 10 sessions) twice annually, in the fall and spring. The training is open to community residents, service providers, and prospective volunteers.


YouthSpeak, DOVE’s Teen Healthy Relationships/Dating Violence Prevention Program, was established in 2006 and operates in a number of high schools in Norfolk and Plymouth Counties, including Quincy, North Quincy, Randolph, Holbrook, Notre Dame, Thayer, Fontbonne, and Archbishop Williams. The program is designed to engage Juniors and Seniors as peer counselors and educators, and to provide educational activities for all students throughout each school year.



Children Exposed to Domestic Violence (CEDV)
DOVE now offers a new service for children of survivors. The CEDV program consists of both community-based and shelter services. CEDV offers individual counseling, individual parenting support, parent support groups, child/teen support groups, and child advocacy within its community programming. At the shelter, children’s programming includes respite care, child groups (changing depending on age), and information on resources in the area. 


DOVE Inc., • P.O. Box 690267, Quincy, MA 02269 •
Community Advocacy & Prevention Services 617.770.4065 • 24 Hour Hotline: 617.471.1234 or 1.888.314.DOVE (3683)