JDI is thrilled to honor the Meninos for their tremendous leadership and commitment to creating safe communities and promoting healthy relationships.
Mark your calendars for November 21st. Click here for more details.
Over the past ten months, JDI has had several opportunities to connect with people working to end sexual and domestic violence in other parts of the world. We hosted a delegation from Pakistan through World Boston, our policy director Maureen Gallagher traveled to Egypt as a Fellow through Hands Along the Nile (HANDS), and our interns visited with the British Consulate here in Boston. As Maureen notes, "Understanding the experience of sexual and dometic violence globally can only make our work stronger locally." Read about these experiences.
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.
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.
Four college students were at JDI this summer. They learned as much as they contributed! Jackson and Cody worked with Craig Norberg-Bohm on men's engagement efforts. Kate focused on our domestic violence homicide research project, specifically looking at attempted dv homicides in Massachusetts. Jenny served as our social media guru - expanding our reach and presence online. Read more about them and their reflections on their experience at JDI.
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!