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Read our latest newsletter: February 2017.

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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, Executive Director of Womanshelter/Companeras. PICTURE: Staff from The Center for Hope & Healing with Attorney General Maura Healey at JDI Advocacy Day.

Not One More Report Released

PRESS RELEASE:  October 1, 2015
 
 

Jane Doe Inc. to release one of a kind report in the country:

NOT ONE MORE: A report on domestic violence related deaths 

in Massachusetts between the years 2003 to 2012

 
On October 2, 2015, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Jane Doe Inc. will release a report on data gathered regarding deaths in Massachusetts that were identified as having a connection to domestic violence (also referred to as intimate partner violence in the report).  
 
Primarily through media sources and other public records, Jane Doe Inc. identified 247 incidents connected to domestic violence that resulted in a total loss of life in Massachusetts of 334 people during this ten-year period. 
Report author and Communications Director for Jane Doe Inc. Toni Troop, said, ‘The data illustrate the loss this represents to families, friends, workplaces and communities.  Homicide victims ranged in age from 6 months to 86 years old, reminding us that these issues affect people across the lifespan.  While these numbers are staggering, we also know that many cases were not identified either because there was no news coverage or the death was categorized as having resulted from injuries of undetermined intent and therefore not classified as a homicide, and other factors.  The call for continued action to prevent abuse comes through loud and clear.”
 
The goal of the report is two-fold:  1) to honor the lives of those murdered by abusers as well as the surviving children, family and friends whose lives have been irrevocably changed; and 2) to present useful information that will expand awareness, knowledge and revitalize the commitment to prevent deaths and domestic violence in general.  Report partners included Professor Emeritus Mary Gilfus from the Simmons School of Social Work and a multi-disciplinary advisory committee.
 
The report is divided into several sections and includes data on the following: 
  • Number of incidents, victim and perpetrator deaths, murder-suicides 
  • Demographic information about homicide victims and perpetrators (age, gender, county) and the relationship of the domestic violence homicide victim and the domestic violence homicide perpetrator to the domestic violence victim
  • Characteristics of the incidents including location, method of attack
  • Criminal justice outcomes
In this report, Jane Doe Inc. includes both the intimate partners who were killed as well as other killed because of their association with the intimate partner as well as bystanders and law enforcement killed during a domestic violence related incident. The domestic violence victims accounted for 177 (69.1%) of all deaths.  Troop explains, “By using this more expansive definition of domestic violence deaths, we show a more accurate picture of the broad impact of domestic violence, beyond individual victims and on their friends, family and community members.”
 
Key report highlights are:
  • Of the 334 homicide deaths, 256 people were homicide victims: 243 were domestic violence victims or people killed in the context of a domestic violence homicide and 13 were IP perpetrators killed in self-defense by the IP victim (8) or by someone other than the police (5).  Of these 243 deaths, 177 (69.1%) people were domestic violence victims (154 female, 23 male), 25 were the children of a domestic violence victim and 37 people were associated with a domestic violence victim. Another four bystanders were killed.
  • In addition 72 IP perpetrators committed suicide and six were killed by police. 
  • The vast majority of homicides (89.8%) were committed by men.
  • 14% of all homicide deaths in MA during this same time period were domestic violence homicide victims.
  • The vast majority (81.8%) of homicides took place in the homicide victims home, underscoring the need for safety planning, safeguards and offender accountability. 
The report will be available on the Jane Doe Inc. website at www.janedoe.org on Friday, morning October 2 at 6AM.  It is embargoed until that time.
 
Ror more information or to interview someone regarding the report, please contact JDI's Director of Communications and Development Toni Troop at Mobile: 617-212-7571 or Email: ttroop@janedoe.org
 
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