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Calendar of Events

 JDI publishes event notices for JDI members and our allies. If you'd like to submit an event for consideration, please email the details.

In Defense of Women: Strategies for Righting the Wrongs of 2014


In light of the continual attacks on women’s rights, from the decisions on Hobby Lobby and abortion clinic “buffer zones” to NFL policies in response to domestic violence, this year’s discussion will focus on women’s rights across the spectrum of race and class. Community Works and the Schlesinger Library invite you to a presentation with Carol Rose, Executive Director of ACLU. Following the presentation, please join us in a discussion with members from the following Community Works organizations on the needs and rights of women, and violence against women locally and around the world: Judy Norsigian - Our Bodies Ourselves David Adams - EMERGE Kate Bicego - Health Care for All
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Sheerr Room, Fay House | 10 Garden Street | Cambridge, MA 02138
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Newton Domestic Violence Awareness Month Events


Join Mayor Setti D. Warren as Newton focuses on Domestic Violence Awareness Month. There will be a reception, information and resources available, and a speaking program, including the Mayor, a survivor, community advocates and others (TBD). Open to all. Representatives from The Second Step, REACH, BARCC, Journey to Safety, and Newton Wellesley Hospital will be in attendance.
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Newton City Hall (1000 Commonwealth Ave, Newton, MA 02459)


Annual Candlelight Vigil - New Bedford City Hall


Join The Women's Center at 6:00pm and march in silence from New Bedford City Hall to the First Unitarian Church to remember victims of domestic violence. This event helps create awareness of and support against domestic violence in our homes and communities.The First Unitarian Church is located on the corner of 8th and Union Streets. Those who do not wish to march can go directly to the Unitarian Church at 6:30pm. We welcome and encourage men, women, families and students from the Southcoast to attend!
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Begins at New Bedford City Hall. Ends at First Unitarian Church (71 8th St, New Bedford, MA 02740)
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DOVE Community Vigil - Quincy


In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, come join community members and DOVE staff to honor victims who have lost their lives to domestic violence.
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Quincy Community Unity Methodist Church | 40 Beale Street | Wollaston MA
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Domestic Violence Services Network, Inc. Candlelight Vigil - Lincoln, MA


District Attorney Marion Ryan will give the keynote address on the collateral impact of domestic violence on children who witness violence and on our communities. Candles will be lit in reverence of those lives lost to domestic violence, and an honor guard from Hanscom Air Force Base will join in the ceremony. While the vigil is a solemn occasion, it is also a night of hope. By publicly standing together, we show the victims in our communities that we believe their stories and support their journeys. A gathering with light refreshments will follow.
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Bemis Hall, 15 Bedford Road Lincoln, MA 01773
Contact Information: For more information about DVSN's Candlelight Vigil, please call 978-318-3421.


Massachusetts Nonprofit Network Annual Conference


In order to overcome the challenges and seize the opportunities of the rapidly changing nonprofit sector, this year’s conference will present participants with the information, skills, and tools they need to bring new tactics and energy to their organization. Storytelling, interactive idea labs, and leading-edge workshops led by some of the biggest names in the sector will introduce emerging practices, innovations, and tools to help nonprofit leaders and their organizations succeed today, and thrive in the future.
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center
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Fundraiser for REACH Beyond Domestic Violence


Fundraiser for REACH Beyond Domestic Violence at Paint N’ Pour
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Paint N’ Pour 284 Moody Street in Waltham
Contact Information: Contact Jessica Teperow, Director of Prevention Programs, at jessica@reachma.org for more information.
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New Hope 35th Annual Meeting


Join New Hope in celebrating 35 years with their supporters, volunteers, staff and Board of Directors -without whom, New Hope's life-saving and life-enhancing programs would not be possible. The morning's agenda will consist of a review of New Hope's programs and services, overview of their most recent and upcoming events & initiatives, and an awards ceremony. || Breakfast will be provided. || Kindly RSVP by Monday, October 27th. Click "Find Out More" for RSVP details.
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Doubletree Hotel Milford (11 Beaver Street | Milford, MA 01757)
Cost: Attendees $20 || Volunteers $15 (Volunteers pay a discounted rate. A volunteer is any individual who has volunteered for New Hope in the past two years.
Contact Information: For more information or if you have any questions please contact the Development Office at (508) 226-4015 ext. 2145 or email eungureanu@new-hope.org
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Domestic Violence Awareness Day


The Attorney General's Office Victim Compensation and Assistance Division will hold a forum in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month this October. The purpose of this event is to provide information about domestic violence and give a voice to the experience of survivors. The forum will also address the new Domestic Violence Legislation and offer an overview of how this will affect survivors in Massachusetts.
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00p.m.
Location: Saltonstall Building, Conference Room B, 100 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA, 02108
Contact Information: For additional information and to RSVP: Please contact Samantha King, Eligibility and Outreach Coordinator at Samantha.King@state.ma.us or (617) 963-2913


Women Survivors of Homicide Movement Silent Stand


Join the Women Survivors of Homicide Movement in a one hour silent stand at the Suffolk County - District Attorney's Office. Please bring photos of your loved ones, solved or unsolved cases. Please wear something purple.
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Suffolk County - District Attorney's Office (1 Bulfinch Place | Boston, MA)
Contact Information: Women Survivors of Homicide Movement at 857-600-1623 or wsohmovement14@gmail.com
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Step Up to the Plate


Hosted by The Second Step. The 10th Annual Step Up to the Plate will take place on Saturday, November 1, 2014. Be a part of a memorable and fun evening where you meet and talk with a who’s who of Boston at one of several elegant dinner parties hosted in a beautiful, local home—all to benefit The Second Step and families rebuilding their lives after domestic abuse.
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: $225/individual
Contact Information: For questions, email skeliher@thesecondstep.org or call Susan Keliher at 617-965-4173.
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2014 Silk Road Gala


A masquerade event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of New England's only emergency shelter for pan-Asian families and communities. All proceeds help the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK) to support survivors and raise awareness about domestic violence.
Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: The John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse 1 Courthouse Way, Boston, MA 02210
Cost: $200/person
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Independence House, Inc. Commemorates 35 Years of Service to the Cape Cod Community


Come Celebrate with Independence House, Inc. Please join Master of Ceremonies and Honorary Chair Matt Pitta, News Director & Morning Anchor of WXTK/Qantum Communications. A fun evening of dinner and dancing to music from the past 35 years. 70's-80's attire encouraged (prizes awarded!). Cash Bar. Other surprises too! Click the "Find Out More" link for more information and to learn how to register!
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Cape Codder Resort & Spa Emerald Room (1225 Iyannough Road Hyannis, MA)
Cost: $35/per person, $250/ table of 8. Purchase tickets at ( https://indhouse.ejoinme.org/?tabid=548518 )
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Bethany Health Care Center 3rd Annual "Making A Difference" Award Dinner


Bethany Health Care Center invites you to join us at Bethany's 3rd Annual "Making a Difference" award dinner honoring Gerry Leone, Jr., a Partner with Nixon Peabody LLP and former Middlesex Massachusetts District Attorney.Your support benefits Bethany’s Cultural Change program in helping to improve the lives of residents and creating a more home-like living environment for those who today call Bethany home.
Time: Reception 6:00 pm | Dinner 7:00 pm
Location: 4th Floor Ballroom | Boston Marriott, Copley Place
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Pornland: How the Porn Industry has Hijacked our Sexuality


Screening will be followed by Panel Discussion Space is limited and no one under age 18 will be admitted.
Time: 5pm: Wine and Hors D'Oevre Reception 6pm: Screening of Pornland: How the Porn Industry Has Highjacked Our Sexuality, Followed by Panel Discussion
Location: Wheelock College's Brookline Campus, Ladd Room, 43 Hawes St., Brookline, MA
Cost: Free, but space is limited
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Understanding How Domestic Violence Affects Your Workplace and Your Legal Responsibilities as an Employer


Presented by: Employers Against Domestic Violence (EADV), The Massachusetts Women's Bar Association, and The Massachusetts Women's Bar Foundation. Join for an informative conference concerning your legal responsibilities as an employer the recently passed domestic violence legislation affecting employers, and the impact that domestic violence has on your workplace. You will hear from a variety of perspectives: Attorneys addressing your responsibility under the new legislation and best practices for companies to address domestic violence An employer that created a policy addressing domestic violence issues in its workplace Survivors of domestic violence Experts in the dynamics of domestic violence and abuser behavior Opening Remarks by EADV Member Bristol County District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter
Time: Friday, November 7, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (EST)
Location: Foley Hoag, LLP 155 Seaport Blvd Boston, MA 02210
Cost: Free
Contact Information: If you are deaf or hard of hearing or are a person with a disability and require accommodation, please contact Corinn Nelson at Corinn.Nelson@state.ma.us or (617) 586-1355. Select "Find Out More" for additional information on how to contact about other qu
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New England Women's Policy Conference


Sponsored by: Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies | Connecticut's Permanent Commission on the Status of Women | John F. Kennedy Library Foundation | John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum | Maine's Permanent Commission on the Status of Women | Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women | New Hampshire Women's Initiative | Vermont Commission on Women | Women's Fund of Rhode Island
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston, MA
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The Stories We Tell


The Voices and Faces Project is very excited to bring "The Stories We Tell" two day testimonial writing workshop to Chicago, November 8-9, 2014. Now in its third year, the program continues to create new communities of advocates ready to speak and write about the injustices they have lived or witnessed. Workshop creator/instructor R Clifton Spargo, award winning novelist and current Provost's Fellow at the Iowa Writers Workshop, and Anne K. Ream, founder of The Voices and Faces Project and author of "Lived Through This: Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivors", lead the two-day program. They are continually excited that the testimonial writing workshop is changing lives and creating a new group of writers willing to demand change. The workshop is available to survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence, and trafficking. Accepted applicants are fully scholar shipped and it is common for people to travel from out of town to attend. |||| **Submission due date for applications is October 15th!**
Location: Chicago, IL (TBD)
Contact Information: For more information and request for application, email: janet@voicesandfaces.org
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White Ribbon Day Ambassador Orientation and Training - Boston


Presentation and Discussion Topics Include: - Discuss the Problem of Men’s violence against women - Orientation to the work and needs of JDI member programs - Discuss Solutions, The concept of primary prevention - Practice elevator speech, "Why I am a WRD ambassador" - Discuss responding to disclosures of victimization or perpetration - Discuss personal goals for the coming year on this issue Registration deadline is November 5th!
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Jane Doe Inc. | 14 Beacon Street, Suite 507 | Boston, MA 02108
Cost: Free
Contact Information: If you have any questions, please email or call Craig Norberg-Bohm at 617-557-1802 or at cnorbergbohm@janedoe.org
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Healing Trauma Through Self-Parenting and Experiential Learning with renowned author, Patricia O'Gorman, PhD.


The Sexual Assault and Mental Health Project is a collaboration between the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA) and the Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. (MHANYS). | You are invited to learn with Patricia O'Gorman, PhD about how to heal from trauma through techniques explored in her book Healing Trauma Through Self Parenting. After lunch (provided) we will engage with Chrys Ballerano for an experiential workshop learning about the practice of using restorative rhythms for self-reflection and connecting meaningfully with others.
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Beltrone Living Center Lakeview Restaurant 6 Winners Circle, Albany, NY 12205
Cost: $35.00/person (Select "Find Out More" to learn about ways to register online or by mail)
Contact Information: Questions about this training may be addressed to: Chrys Ballerano: cballerano@nyscasa.org 518-482-4222 x308 Deb Faust: dfaust@mhanys.org 518-434-0439 x221
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Dreaming Big: Making the Case for Girls


Hosted by Simmons College and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts | This conference brings funders, policymakers, educators and girl serving organizations together to improve the lives and futures of girls with a focus on middle schoolers and careers. | Featured speakers include: Ayanna Pressley (Boston City Councilor At-Large), Patricia Parcellin (CEO, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts), Tuti B. Scott (President and Founder of Imagine Philanthropy), and Mary Shapiro (Diane Kagen Trust Professor in Leadership Development). | Includes continental breakfast and lunch.
Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Simmons College, Linda K. Paresky Conference Center | 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA
Cost: Registration Fee $35, with college ID $10.
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White Ribbon Day Ambassador Orientation and Training - Holyoke


Presentation and Discussion Topics Include: - Discuss the Problem of Men’s violence against women - Orientation to the work and needs of JDI member programs - Discuss Solutions, The concept of primary prevention - Practice elevator speech, "Why I am a WRD ambassador" - Discuss responding to disclosures of victimization or perpetration - Discuss personal goals for the coming year on this issue Registration deadline is November 12th!
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Holyoke Public Library | 250 Chestnut Street | Holyoke, MA
Cost: Free
Contact Information: If you have any questions, please email or call Craig Norberg-Bohm at 617-557-1802 or at cnorbergbohm@janedoe.org
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Envisioning A Future Without Violence


Hosted by Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc. | Featured speakers: Esta Soler, founder, Futures Without Violence; Diane B. Patrick, First Lady of the Commonwealth; Marian Ryan, Middlesex District Attorney | Domestic violence continues to be a public health crisis that requires a community-based, collaborative response from all stakeholders. Nationally recognized as a pioneer of the domestic violence prevention movement. Esta Soler will share her 30 years of experience fighting for victims of violence. She will present what has proven to be effective in prevention programming, discuss the complex dynamics of domestic violence, and explore steps that need to be taken to reduce violence in our communities.
Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: The Warren Conference Center, Ashland
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Boston's 16th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance


Hosted by the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition. | Speakers | Performances| Community Speak-Out | Candlelight Vigil | Reception ||| This is a non-demoninational event. People of ALL beliefs welcome.
Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm (Doors open at 3:30 pm)
Location: University Lutheran Church (66 Winthrop Street, Cambridge, MA 02138)
Cost: Free
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GLBT Domestic Violence Conference 2014


The GLBT-DVC Screening Tool Conference is a one-day conference put on by the GLBT Domestic Violence Coalition and The Network/la Red to increase knowledge about the screening tool developed by the GLBT Domestic Violence Coalition. Workshops throughout the conference will help to equip service providers with the knowledge and skills necessary to support LGBQ/T survivors.
Time: 9:00am-4:30pm
Location: Family Justice Center, 989 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
Cost: $40.00
Contact Information: If you have any questions and/or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@glbtdvc.org.
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7th Biennial National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence


The Conference features 3 days of activities: Pre-Conference Institutes: March 19, 2015 Two-day Conference: March 20-21, 2015 Futures Without Violence is excited to announce that Sir Michael Marmot will be speaking at the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence!
Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel | 999 9th NW, Washington, DC 20001
Contact Information: If you have questions or problems registering, please call Amber Martin at 888-211-1108 between the hours of 8:30 am - 5:00 pm CST
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Nuestras Voces National Bilingual Sexual Assault Conference


Join Arte Sana in Laredo, TX for the 7th national conference. A Bilingual Conference The 2015 Nuestras Voces Conference will offer workshops in English and Spanish, and is the only national sexual assault or IPV conference to offer a complete workshop track en español!
Location: Laredo, Texas
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MACA's 5th Annual Statewide Conference


Join the Massachusetts Children's Alliance (MACA) for MACA's 5th annual statewide conference Healing, Hope & Justice: An Advanced Conversation. The conference will feature a full day of education on best practices and innovative methodologies for responding to children who have experienced sexual or physical abuse.
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