Hundreds gathered to honor Mayor Thomas M. and First Lady Angela F. Menino on November 21, 2013. Former Congressman Bill Delahunt, Mayor-elect Marty Walsh, TJX executive Jerry Rossi, Channel 5's Karen Holmes Ward helped roast and toast the Meninos. Thanks to our sponsors and supporters for making it such a special evening.
On January 22, 2014, President Obama signed an historic Presidential memorandum establishing the White House Task Force on Protecting Students from Sexual Assault. Over the next 90 days this inter-agency group will sift through the findings in the White House report, Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action, and develop recommendations to address this scourge on campuses throughout the nation. As they proceed, JDI and our member rape crisis centers offer insights based on decades of activism and leadership in the anti-sexual violence movement.
On September 20, 2013, advocates, survivors, business leaders, and activists from across western Massachusetts gathered for a day-long summit on Advancing the Economic Security of Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence at the Smith College Conference Center. An active partner of the Massachusetts Rural Domestic and Sexual Violence Project through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, JDI co-sponsored the summit along with our members from Elizabeth Freeman Center, NELCWIT, and the Center for Women and Community of the University of Massachusetts. JDI member programs Safe Passage, YWCA of Central Massachusetts, HarborCOV, and DOVE also participated.
The photos capture the postive energy for creating new collaborations and finding new solutions to address the needs of survivors in rural communities. The story also captured the attention of the media.
More details are available on the press release.
Hundreds of men and boys will converge on the State House in Boston for the 7th annual campaign event. Dr. Gary Gottlieb, CEO of Partners HealthCare, student performers from Phallacies at University of Massachusetts Amherst, and others will address the ways that men can - and are - making a difference in ending violence against women. JDI invites you to get involved. Become an Ambassador or Affiliate. Spread the word. Join us on March 6th!
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Our Spring intern, Reina Gattuso, chatted with author and former reporter, Tom Farmer, who co-wrote A Murder in Wellesley with former police officer Marty Foley. This story uncovers the details behind a domestic violence homicide in Wellesley, MA and the trial of Dirk Greineder, a prominent physician in the area, who was convicted of murdering his wife, Mabel Greineder in October of 1999. Mr. Farmer discusses the process of exposing this story, what he's learned about preventing domestic violence, and why this case gained so much attention. If you'd like to read the whole interview, click here.
We also want to thank Tom and Marty for donating a portion of the book proceeds to JDI. Find out about local book signings and pick up your copy today!
The murder of Jennifer Martel is the tenth known domestic violence homicide in Massachusetts since January of this year. Their deaths compel those of us who do this work - whether we are domestic violence advocates, law enforcement officers or prosecutors - and the general public to ask ourselves: What was missed? What could we be doing better? What changes to practice must be implemented? What else do we need to know to accurately identify high risk cases of domestic violence so that we can enhance safety for victims and accountability for offenders? How can we prevent domestic violence and domestic violence homicides?
JDI has crafted a Blueprint for Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention based on our experience, the experience of our member programs and the victims they serve, and research.
Please download and read the entire document. Together we can prevent these homicides.