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Domestic Violence

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Jane Doe, Inc., The Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, defines domestic violence as,

“a wide range of behaviors where one person is exerting power and control over a spouse, dating partner and/or adult family member regarding their choices, beliefs, and actions. Also referred to as domestic abuse, partner abuse, or intimate partner violence, domestic violence is a pattern of behavior, not a single act, and it can be physical, verbal, sexual, emotional, and/or financial.”

Statistics help us to see that domestic violence in prevalent in many homes across the nation. The Dedham Police Department takes this very seriously and takes an attentive and unique approach to try to assist those who are affected to get help. The Department continues to be a leader in providing safety and information to victims of domestic violence. As a pro-active department, the DPD is committed to responding to those calls with caution, care and empathy and understands that not only are the victims affected but the children as well. Statistics also reveal that children who witness violence are significantly more likely to suffer emotional trauma which if not addressed can lead to addictions, emotional disorders, anxiety and decreased self-esteem.

Police Departments and Domestic Violence Agencies have long been responding to domestic violence in communities. The Civilian Domestic Violence Advocacy Program was created in 2009 in a part time capacity for the Quincy and Randolph Police Departments after responding to the awareness that DOVE needed to create more access points for services to those experiencing violence within their relationships and an acknowledgment that Police Departments and Domestic Violence Agencies working together provides better support for survivors. 

Since the inception of this program in 2009, DOVE’s CDVA program has reached out by phone or by letter to thousands of people who have been involved in the incidents of domestic violence the police have responded to, resulting in hundreds of successful conversations informing those involved with important information and resources they otherwise would not have received. The safety planning done during those important conversations has not only made those people safer, it has saved and changed lives. 

Continuing with a long-time relationship with DOVE, the Civilian Domestic Violence Advocate from DOVE reaches out to all victims named in Dedham Police Department’s domestic violence reports to offer support, information on rights, navigation through the legal system and explains available options. This Advocate also assists in the restraining order process at Dedham District Court every Monday.

Please contact the Civilian Domestic Violence Advocate, Sarah Kinnane at 857-939-3058 or if you have questions or need assistance.

Additional Resources:

  • Safelink (MA Hotline & Domestic Violence Shelter resource): 877-787-2020
  • DOVE Hotline: 617-471-1234
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233,


Domestic Violence High Risk Indicators:

  • Perpetrator threatens or fantasizes of homicide/ suicide
  • Threats to harm the victim's children
  • Strangulation or attempted strangulation 
  • Access or ownership of weapons
  • Extreme violence to victim
  • Victim believes the perpetrator will kill them
  • Hostage taking or kidnapping
  • Threat to kidnap
  • Any type of substance abuse
  • Violence to animals
  • Stalking behaviors


There are at least 17 signs of an abusive personality with only 4 of them being physical. Please contact the Civilian Domestic Violence Advocate at 857-939-3058 if you have questions or need assistance.

Sarah Kinnane, MSW

Civilian & Community Advocate

Dove (Domestic Violence Ended), Inc

P.O. Box 690267                                                                                          

Quincy, Ma 02269

617-770-4065 ext 114


Dove Group