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"Educating our communities and elected officials about the needs of survivors in our local cities and towns requires year round focus. JDI is our pathway to informing and influencing the state and national agenda to end sexual and domestic violence." ~ Karen Cavanaugh, JDI board member and Executive Director of Womanshelter/Companeras, pictured here with a JDI delegation meeting with Congressman Niki Tsongas

The Legacy of Jennifer Martel

- House Speaker Robert DeLeo was shocked into action by Martel’s murder, and now has an evangelist’s zeal on matters of domestic violence.
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Domestic violence groups rally for more money

- BOSTON - Some 30 groups, including Framingham organizations Wayside Youth and Family Support Network and Voices Against Violence, came to the State House Thursday to push for legislation ranging from employment leave for violence victims, to making a felony of assault by strangulation and choking.
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6 months in jail for lawmaker Henriquez

- State Representative Carlos Henriquez was sentenced to 2 1/2 years, with six months to be served in prison followed by two years of probation for the assault of his girlfriend.
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Group decries letter’s use in sex offender suit

- Level 2 sex offenders fighting to shield their names from the public used expert testimony submitted by JDI to make their arguments.
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No bail for Sutton man in girlfriend's death

- Colleen P. Butler, 60, of Sutton, Massachusetts, was allegedly beaten to death by her live-in boyfriend. JDI and member program New Hope, Inc. shed light on domestic violence.
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Summit explores money’s role in combating rural family violence

- One of 3 articles covering daylong summit co-sponsored by Jane Doe Inc. and the Massachusetts Rural Domestic and Sexual Violence Project at the Smith College Conference Center on Friday, September 20, 2013.
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[Domestic] Violence & sex assault summit at Smith

- One of 3 articles covering daylong summit co-sponsored by Jane Doe Inc. and the Massachusetts Rural Domestic and Sexual Violence Project at the Smith College Conference Center on Friday, September 20, 2013.
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Project Seeks To Build Partnerships Between Anti-violence, Anti-poverty Advocates

- One of 3 articles covering daylong summit co-sponsored by Jane Doe Inc. and the Massachusetts Rural Domestic and Sexual Violence Project at the Smith College Conference Center on Friday, September 20, 2013.
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In Remy case, everybody figured wrong

- Abraham points out: "Just about everybody with the power to protect her from Jared Remy after he first attacked her in their Waltham home let her down. They overestimated him, deciding he would not attack her again – let alone kill her in the gruesome way he did....Everybody guessed wrong — disastrously wrong."
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State’s dangerousness law rarely invoked

- Schworm looks at history and use of dangerousness law as protective tool against domestic violence homicide. JDI and member programs Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center and REACH Beyond Domestic Violence comment on need to use this and other tools to fight for victims.
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DA orders outside review of Jared Remy case

- Andersen reports on decision by Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan to name two veteran prosecutors Wednesday to conduct an outside review of her staff’s handling of a domestic violence case last week against Jared Remy, who walked free after his arraignment, then allegedly killed his girlfriend the following evening. JDI and others comment on process and need for domestic violence victim advocate perspective as part of review team.
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Advocates speak out

- JDI, DOVE and Safe Passage submitted letter to editor after being called out for not being vocal in aftermath of homicide of Jennifer Martel. Reporters Chabot and Cashman have been added to JDI's media list so that they can be better informed about what JDI is and is not saying.
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Local Cities Call for Men in Their Communities to Work to End Violence Against Women

- As part of the statewide White Ribbon Day Campaign sponsored by Jane Doe Inc., Revere, Everett and Chelsea are calling on men in their communities to help put an end to violence against women.
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Shaken, Boston women prepare to fight back

- JDI was asked to comment in the aftermath of the murder of Amy Lord in South Boston. The coalition emphasized the need to ensure that a focus on the individual's interest in self-defense and precautionary measures does not perpetuate victim-blaming.
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University of Massachusetts, Granby Junior-Senior High School students honored for White Ribbon Campaign videos

- JDI's White Ribbon Day Campaign inspired the Northwest District Attorney's Office to sponsor a student video contest. The winning videos were made by Granby Junior-Senior High School and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
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Visionary Voice Award given to Becky Lockwood

- JDI nominated Becky Lockwood for this year's Visionary Voice Award.
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MIT put in twist by naughty wristbands

- JDI's Craig Norberg-Bohm comments on denigrating messages about women not being acceptable in light of event at South by Southwest event.
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Fujita Verdict Provides Backdrop at White Ribbon Day Event

- Hours after a 20-year-old Wayland man was found guilty of first degree murder in the death of his former high school girlfriend, domestic violence prevention advocates stressed the urgency in ending violence against women during a State House event.
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Somerville group battles teen domestic violence

- February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Local programs such as RESPOND in Somerville and Casa Myrna in Boston share their expertise about how sexual and domestic violence impact teens and what we can do to stop it.
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On Domestic Violence in MA, An Encouraging Trend Emerges

- Boston Globe editorial on December 31, 2012 remembers those who died in 2012 as a result of domestic violence related homicide. The number of such homicides was lower in 2012 than years past--12 in 2012 compared to 26 in 2011 and 32 in 2010 to 26--additionally 8 perpetrators were either killed or committed suicide. "Advocates for Jane Doe Inc., which tracks the numbers of victims, emphasize that more vigilance is necessary to address a problem that remains epidemic in American society. Data from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey indicate that, every minute, 24 American adults are victims of physical assault, rape, or stalking."
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How children are affected by violence involving their parents

- Author Lucy Berrington looks at how domestic violence terrorizes children and what domestic violence programs are trying to do about it.
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'Take back our lives’

- JDI Communications Director Toni Troop spoke at the vigil for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Turners Falls sponsored by JDI member program, NELCWIT.
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Attack of the 50-Foot Feminist Agenda

- Reporter Barry Nolan writes about men's groups who believe that males are being victimized by out-of-control judges and politicians and who are working to undo years of progress in supporting victims and survivors. Nolan's article shows how wrong and dangerous these guys are and why they need to be stopped. JDI responds to his article as well.
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Ill-conceived preggo app ought to be Knocked out

- New phone app targets teens and sends unhealthy message about pregnancy.
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Rental Protections For Abuse Victims Gaining Steam in House

- Victims of domestic violence will have greater leeway to end their rental leases to protect their safety without fear of financial penalty under a bill moving toward passage in the Legislature. After years of advocacy by JDI and our allies, the Coalition is hopeful of its passage.
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Rep. Calls Assault Charges "Untrue," Cites work against domestic violence

- JDI commented on the domestic violence related charges against Rep. Carlos Henriquez.
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Lowell High students take vow to end domestic violence

- Students at Lowell High took part in White Ribbon Day where the students pledged to end violence against women in a ceremony with Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone, school leaders, Craig Norberg-Bohm of Jane Doe Inc. and Kathy Kelley, executive director of Alternative House.
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Horror of domestic violence forever scars victims' families

- Three years after the murder of Ana Cruz, her husband was found guilty of murder. This article explores how domestic violence impacts on the family, friends and community.
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Universities across nation discuss plans against sexual assault

- This is the third part of a series examining how Boston University handles cases of sexual assault, in response to the two separate arrests of men’s hockey players for sexual assault in the last two months. The spotlight following the arrests of two Boston University hockey players has revealed that some universities have more resources and codes for sexual assault reaction than BU.
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Gay spouse murder case puts focus on long-hidden problem

- This articles tells the story of the murder charges against Cara Lee Rintala for allegedly killing her wife Annamarie Cochrane Rintala. The article also speaks to the existence of domestic violence within the LGBT community.
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Hingham boys track garners Sportsmanship Award

- Under the leadership of Coach Fred Jewett, the Hingham Boys Track Team has demonstrated the important role that student-athletes and their coaches can play in creating and promoting sportsmanship as well as safe relationships and communities. Team recognized for their involvement with JDI's White Ribbon Day.
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Advocate decries accused’s Vatican tour

- JDI asks questions about private guided tour of the Vatican for Massachusetts man facing multiple counts of child rape.
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Beanpot rivals team up to end violence against women

- Coaches, players and athletic directors for Boston’s Beanpot schools joined forces with community leaders on Monday at the State House to make a public declaration of their commitment to end violence against women.
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Beanpot teams campaign against domestic abuse

- Players, coaches, and athletic directors from the four hockey teams that compete in the annual Beanpot Tournament--Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, and Northeastern University--joined state officials and local district attorneys at the State House on Monday to encourage men and boys speak out against sexual assault and domestic violence.
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Senate gives 1st OK to domestic violence (and sexual violence and stalking) bill

- The law would require state employers with more than 50 employees to give up to 15 days of leave in any 12-month period to someone suffering from domestic violence abuse.
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More Prevention, Fewer Deaths

- Each year The Boston Globe devotes a section of its editorial page to an In Memoriam to those killed in a domestic violence homicide in 2011.
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Advocates for Violence Victims Seek Housing Protections

- JDI joined other advocates to urge the Committee on Housing to back legislation that would protect victims of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault or stalking from discrimination. This bill is one of JDI's legislative priorities.
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Verizon Gives Nonprofits $200K to Address Domestic Violence

- JDI one of a dozen groups to receive a grant from The Verizon Foundation to support programs that engage men in the prevention of domestic violence, promote healthy relationships among teens and young adults, and use technology to improve the reach of services that help survivors.
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Legislature to look at a new level of protection for pets

- JDI has long supported efforts to enhance protections against the abuse of pets. On October 5, 2011The Massachusetts Legislature is considering several bills to address this issue.
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Statistics on forcible rapes are called into question

- JDI and Pathways for Change question the statistics on forcible rape in the most recent FBI's Uniform Crime Report. Drop in reports does not match experience of local sexual assault program or law enforcement.
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JDI Responds to Domestic Violence Related Homicides in LGBTQ Community

- JDI has joined with a coalition of domestic violence organizations, including the The Network/La Red, HarborCOV (Communities Overcoming Violence), Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project (GMDVP), Fenway Community Health's Violence Recovery Program, and the GLBT Domestic Violence Coalition to address the uptick in domestic violence homicides in the LGBTQ community. A community vigil is planned for mid-September.
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Father Advocates Move for Repeal of Restraining Order Law

- Advocates for fathers are mounting a ballot effort to repeal the state’s restraining order law, arguing that it has been overused and misapplied in a way that discriminates against men and breaks up families. JDI will take this repeal effort seriously and stands ready to remind the public that restraining orders offer serious, necessary and life-saving protection for thousands of victims of domestic violence and their children each year.
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Contesting Divorce

- JDI offered a different perspective in this letter to the editor than the one put forth by Ned Holstein of Fathers and Families in a recent Globe Magazine interview (First Person, June 19). JDI continues to advocate against changing the "best interest of the child" standard in current child custody laws.
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Rep. Fattman further clarifies crime victim remark

- After meeting with officials of rape crisis centers in Boston, State Rep. Ryan C. Fattman, R-Sutton, has revised controversial remarks made two weeks ago about illegal immigrant crime victims seeking help from police.
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Lawmaker explains immigration remarks

- A freshman state lawmaker defended yesterday statements he made earlier in the week that suggested that illegal immigrants who are raped should be afraid to contact police, saying that his remarks were “misportrayed’’ in a newspaper article.
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Brockton Walk-A-Thon Highlights Domestic Violence Issues

- Brockton resident Lovern Augustine and her mother Jennifer walked side-by-side from D.W. Field to the Raymond School as a statement against the continuation of a cycle that saw both mother and daughter become victims of domestic violence—a cycle both want to end with them. Augustine organized the walk to benefit Penelope's Place and Family and Community Resources.
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State police ripped for no alert on sex offender escape

- State police spokesman David Procopio said troopers notified the public as soon as they saw fit, adding that troopers worked around the clock hunting Addeo. He said there is no evidence that Addeo re-offended while he was on the run.
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Violence awareness rises at State House: Banner pushes a pledge not to tolerate abuse

- Advocates for domestic violence prevention unfurled a banner yesterday on the front steps of the State House, featuring the Massachusetts White Ribbon Day pledge: “From this day forward, I promise to be part of the solution in ending violence against women.’’
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Dorchester suspect allegedly often fought with victim

- Neighbors of a 28-year-old Dorchester woman charged with stabbing her boyfriend to death said they routinely heard the couple arguing violently. But when one of them allegedly heard the pair’s final fight Friday morning, instead of calling police, he “turned on the music.”
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Boston officer facing assault charges checks into treatment

- A Boston police officer who was once suspended for fighting with his girlfriend has checked himself into an addiction and mental health treatment center after officers arrested him in the alleged beating of his wife, prosecutors said yesterday.
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