On June 30, 2015, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito will join Jane Doe Inc. and The Allstate Foundation to present the 2015 Economic Empowerment Grants totaling $10,000 to 11 sexual and domestic violence agencies on behalf of 14 survivors from across the Commonwealth. Once you read about the creative ways that survivors will use these funds ranging from $500 to $1000, you will understand how this modest investment is reaping enormous benefits for survivors and their families. With support from The Allstate Foundation, JDI has distributed 41grants since 2012 through our member programs as part of our commitment to supporting the economic stability and self-sufficiency of survivors.
On Thursday, March 5th more than 500 men and allies from community groups, high schools and colleges, businesses, government and the military gathered in the State House for our 8th Annual Statewide Proclamation Event. Check out the photos. Speeches will be posted soon!
This year’s theme, Reimagine Manhood, aims to engage men and boys to be part of solution in ending violence against women by shifting the norms associated with manhood to value respect, compassion and non-violence as an antidote to the abuse of power in relationships and society.
To help spread this message , Jane Doe Inc. worked with Press Pass TV to create a series of Public Service Announcements. Please share with your friends and tag: #ReimagineManhood
JDI's current top legislative priority is an increase in funding for sexual and domestic violence servicse in the Commonwealth's Fiscal Year 2016 Budget. JDI’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2016 aims to fill gaps in services so that all victims in every part of the Commonwealth have access to quality, timely and culturally appropriate responses and services.
At JDI's Annual Legislative Advocacy and Awareness Day in March, Attorney General Maura Healey spoke to the importance of civic engagement and the role of advocates and survivors in the policy making process. Sexual and domestic violence advocates from across Massachusetts met with every member of the House and Senate to discuss the needs and services for victims, survivors and their families.
On Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the beautiful Algonquin Club, over 150 people gathered to support JDI as we presented the Kelly Timilty Advocate for Justice Award to Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. "As a society we must do everything in our power to stem the tragic tide of intimate partner violenceand sexual violence,” said Speaker DeLeo. Read the full Press Release. Watch the inspiring remarks and check out the photo gallery.
Special thanks to our Diamond Sponsors, The TJX Companies and Verizon and all of our sponsors and supporters. See you next year!
While not the typical topic of conversation for those of us working in the sexual and domestic violence fields, we have been talking about the NFL almost non-stop since the news first broke about Ray Rice's assault of his then fiance now wife Janay Palmer Rice. Sexual and domestic violence are not specific to the NFL or its players, and the events of recent months offer profound teachable moments for those who work in the field and for each and every one of us.
Check out the hashtags #WhyIStayed, #WhyILeft, and #HowIHelped for a sampling of the brave and courageous stories of survivors and those who have helped them in their journey to safety and justice.