For Immediate Release - April 24, 2014

Diane Coffey of the MA Parole Board Receives "Advocate of the Year" Award

BOSTON – During Victim Rights Month in April, Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Victim Witness Assistance Board, and the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) awarded Diane Coffey, Director of Victim Services at the MA Parole Board, the “Victim Advocate of the Year” award at MOVA’s Victim Rights Conference at the Seaport World Trade Center.

The award recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to assist victims in their recovery and pursuit of justice. Ms. Coffey’s work on behalf of victims spans more than two decades working for MOVA, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, the Suffolk and Middlesex District Attorneys’ Offices, and the Attorney General’s Office. In her current role at the Parole Board, she oversees the Victim Service Unit which provides victims and their family members with information on the parole process, notification of upcoming hearings, and support during the hearings.  In addition to her direct service work, Ms. Coffey has managed a range of victim service programming aimed at combating domestic and community violence and continues to mentor new advocates who work with crime victims.

“Victim Rights Month serves as an opportunity to recognize those who have one of the most important and lasting impacts on their communities,” AG Coakley said. “Each of the award recipients have demonstrated a long history of selflessly caring for others and we’re lucky to have each of them serving our fellow residents when they are most vulnerable and in need of compassion and honesty.”  

“Diane Coffey is an exceptional advocate who works diligently to ensure each crime victim she serves is provided information and an opportunity to be heard,” said Liam Lowney, MOVA’s Executive Director. “Diane’s leadership on policy development and training, has informed best practices impacting the lives of all crime victims.  She is an extraordinary leader in the victim rights movement and I’m so pleased she’s being recognized with this award.”

For further information on the Victim Rights Month events and this year’s award recipients, please visit MOVA’s website www.mass.gov/mova or call 617-586-1340.