Boston -- Dolores Aguirre, a trainer and community liaison in the Domestic Violence program at the
Boston Public Health Commission, will be honored Friday, Oct. 31, by Action for Boston Community
Development (ABCD) for her efforts to heighten awareness of domestic violence.
“I am honored to receive this award,” Ms. Aguirre said. “I accept it on behalf of all the women and
children I've worked with.”
Since joining the Commission in 2003, Ms. Aguirre has worked tirelessly to raise alarm about
domestic violence in Boston, partnering with health care providers and community organizations to
provide training programs and enhance resources.
She developed a curriculum to train child care workers to recognize signs of domestic violence in the
homes they visited, as part of Learning Works’ First Steps into Child Care Careers program, run by
“Exposure to domestic violence can have a devastating impact on our children’s health, affecting their
social, emotional, and cognitive development,” Ms. Aguirre said. “Child care providers are often our first
responders when it comes to connecting families to valuable resources in the community.”
Ms. Aguirre lives in East Boston with her son, Brian, 27, and her daughter, Rachael, 23. She is one of
20 people being honored with the Volunteer Award at ABCD’s annual dinner Friday at the Marriott
Boston Copley Place in Boston.
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