Domestic and sexual violence, stalking, sexual harassment, human trafficking and other forms of abuse thrive on silence. The media plays an important role in breaking the silence about social issues such as violence against women. By ensuring that the coverage accurately reflects the experience of victims and the dynamics of sexual and domestic violence, the media helps educate people about the steps they or someone they know can take to stop domestic violence on a personal, organizational, policy, and community level.
Getting The Story Out
We recognize that every minute counts when you´re on deadline. In your coverage of sexual and domestic violence issues/incidents, the expertise and resources of JDI and its statewide network of 60 local sexual and domestic violence programs can help you save time, reduce legwork, ensure accuracy, and get your story out there quickly.
We will make every effort to assist you in:
- Obtaining comment from Coalition leaders
- Interviewing crime victims and family members willing to speak to the media
- Finding local sexual and domestic violence programs and other local, state, and national experts
- Explaining the range of free and confidential services available through the local programs
- Providing general information & up-to-date facts, statistics, and graphics
- Dispelling common myths about sexual and domestic violence
- Offering background on state and federal sexual and domestic violence laws pertaining to protection orders, probable cause arrest, firearms, child custody, stalking, address confidentiality, crime victims rights, and more
- Detailing ways the general public can help someone who is a sexual and/or domestic violence victim or abuser
- Identifying resources and hotlines for people seeking help with sexual and/or domestic violence
Toni K. Troop, Director of Communications
Business Hours: 617-557-1807