Mission and History
DOVE is committed to partnering with diverse communities, families, and individuals impacted by domestic violence. We promote hope, healing, safety, and social change by providing a broad range of preventive and responsive services.
DOVE (Domestic Violence Ended) was founded in 1978 by the Quincy Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women and a group of committed volunteers. Supporters included representatives from the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office, the Quincy Police Department, Quincy Medical Center, and other community social services organizations. After investigating domestic violence and local resources for victims, the Commission determined that the city of Quincy needed a central organization to provide services to battered women. DOVE’s name is representative of the universal symbol of peace.
In the summer of 1978, DOVE established the first crisis hotline for battered women in the area. During the next year, DOVE designed and implemented a shelter program, which currently has the capacity to shelter up to 18 adults and children at any one time.
Over the past three decades, DOVE has expanded from one crisis hotline to a comprehensive multi-services organization providing crisis intervention, safety assessment and planning, supportive counseling, emergency shelter, legal advocacy, children's programs, and community services for adults and children who have been abused, emotionally and financially, as well as physically and sexually. DOVE remains the only domestic violence shelter and community-based service provider in all of Norfolk County, and also serves the greater South Shore.
At DOVE, we believe that all people have the right to live without fear of abuse. In addition to offering services that increase the safety of survivors, DOVE works to eliminate domestic violence through community outreach and education.
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