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"From its unique vantage point as the statewide coalition, JDI helps us all connect the dots between policy, practice and services and strengthens our work in the communities we serve." ~ Linda Cavaioli, Executive Director, YWCA of Central Massachusetts

More Prevention, Fewer Deaths

WITH THE new year, Jane Doe Inc. completes its annual survey of domestic violence deaths in Massachusetts. This time, there are signs of progress — 24 deaths as of yesterday, compared to 33 in 2010. Community-based prevention programs, working closely with schools, churches, workplaces, and law enforcement, may have helped reduce the numbers. Many of these programs now stress personal intervention with potential victims, to support their decisions to separate from the potential perpetrator and enhance their efforts to protect themselves.

As in past years, the 2011 list proves that no age group, race, gender, or type of intimate relationship is immune to domestic violence. The high-profile cases in 2011 ranged from the murder of 18-year-old Lauren Astley of Wayland, allegedly at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, Nathaniel Fujita, to that of Nazish Noorani of East Boston, allegedly shot by her husband, Kashif Parvaiz.

The 24 victims also included five men allegedly killed by their wives or girlfriends, two of whom claimed to be acting in self-defense. Extra vigilance, and improved outreach, can further reduce the numbers of Bay State residents lost to such senseless killings in 2012.



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