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Domestic Violence Advocates Respond to Remy Guilty Plea

- On May 27, 2014, Jared Remy entered a guilty plea in the murder of Jennifer Martel. Advocates hope case will continue to motivate positive social change, systems reform and policy improvements to help support survivors, hold offenders accountable and prevent future violence.
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First Lady of the Commonwealth Diane B. Patrick to receive JDI's Kelly Timilty Advocate for Justice Award

- On Thursday, May 8, 2014, Jane Doe Inc. will present the Kelly Timilty Advocate for Justice Award to First Lady of the Commonwealth Diane B. Patrick. Mrs. Patrick has been an outstanding advocate in the Commonwealth's ongoing efforts to promote safety, healing and justice for all survivor and victims of sexual and domestic violence. Her leadership on this issue has made a difference in so many lives.
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Advocates respond to DeLeo/Coakley initiative

- On the morning of April 1, 2014, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Attorney General Martha Coakley held a press conference to present a multi-faceted bill to address domestic violence in Massachusetts. JDI applauds their leadership in crafting legislation that takes a more comprehensive approach to addressing the policies and systems necessary to hold offenders accountable and to support survivors while also promoting prevention.
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March 20, 2014: sexual and domestic violence advocates seeking justice for survivors

- Ready to tell their stories of saving lives and fostering hope, sexual and domestic violence advocates will attempt to visit every single member of the Massachusetts Legislature on Thursday, March 20, 2014.
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Upskirting just a modern-day technologically oriented term for old-fashioned sexual harassment

- Sexual violence advocates applauded the quick response by the Legislature and Governor to address the legal loophole that allowed voyeuristic behavior which undermines the safety, privacy and dignity of people in public places to go unpunished.
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Polanowicz, DeLeo, Gottlieb and Odom to headline White Ribbon Day Ceremony at State House - March 6, 2014

- Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz, Gary Gottlieb, MD, President and CEO of Partners HealthCare, and Pastor Ron Odom of True Vine Church will be among the featured speakers at the 7th Annual Massachusetts White Ribbon Day (WRD) Campaign sponsored by Jane Doe Inc. The central Proclamation Event for the campaign will be held at the State House on March 6 at 1:00 PM in Gardner Auditorium. A public service announcement featuring Governor Deval Patrick, this year’s campaign chair, invites men and boys to join him and thousands of other men and boys across the Commonwealth to take the White Ribbon Day pledge and wear a white ribbon on March 6, 2014.
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ADVOCATES APPLAUD CREATION OF HE WHITE HOUSE TASK FORCE ON CAMPUS SEXUAL VIOLENCE

- JDI and our member rape crisis centers comment on the creation of the White House Task Force on Protecting Students from Sexual Assault and the need to shift cultural norms to prevent sexual violence.
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JDI announced Governor Patrick to Chair 2014 White Ribbon Day Campaign

- Jane Doe Inc. announces Governor Patrick as Chair of White Ribbon Day Campaign to help end violence against women and launches 7th Annual Campaign.
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Meninos recognized for leadership in building a safer world

- Jane Doe Inc. will present the Delahunt Award for Extraordinary Public Service to Mayor Thomas M. and First Lady Angela F. Menino on Thursday, November 21, 2013.
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SEEING PURPLE: Zakim Bridge and State House to be lit on October 1st for Domestic Violence Awareness

- October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
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Your money and Your life: Summit to Address Economic Security for Rural Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence

- On September 20, 2013, advocates, survivors, business leaders, and activists from across western Massachusetts will gather for a day-long summit on Advancing the Economic Security of Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence at the Smith College Conference Center, 9:00am-4:00pm. Local and national experts will address barriers and opportunities for economic security.
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Murder-suicide in New Hampshire Raises Questions Regarding Policy and Practice

- In the aftermath of a murder and suicide at a visitation center in New Hampshire, JDI speaks out about need for constant vigilance for safety and security of domestic violence victims and their children.
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Springfield Domestic Violence Homicide 8th in 2013 in MA

- Advocates across the region and the Commonwealth responded to the 8th domestic violence homicide since January 1, 2013 in Massachusetts.
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JDI presents Visionary Voice Award to Becky Lockwood

- On the last day of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Jane Doe Inc. will present the 2013 Visionary Voice Award to Becky Lockwood, Associate Director of the Center for Women and Community, for her leadership and dedication to creating a world free of sexual violence. The award is one of 23 nationwide being given by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) in 2013.
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Tsarnaev: History of Domestic Violence?

- Reports of a history of domestic violence by one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects raises red flags for advocates.
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JDI member program director receives national award

- Jane Doe Inc. nominated Becky Lockwood, Associate Director of Counseling and Rape Crisis Services of the Center for Women & Community to receive one of this year's Visionary Voice award from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC). Award presentation will take place on April 30, 2013 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus.
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Mintz Attorneys and Firm receive Timilty Advocate for Justice Award

- Susan M. Finegan and Peter Biagetti, Members of the law firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., will receive the inaugural Kelly Timilty Advocate for Justice Award. Ms. Finegan and Mr. Biagetti, along with the law firm, will be honored at the Kelly Timilty “It’s Your Business Breakfast” on Thursday, May 16th at the Algonquin Club in Boston.
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Survivors Falling Through the Budget Gap

- Unmet needs fuel JDI's request for additional state funding. JDI and hundreds of advocates from its member programs will converge on Beacon Hill on April 4, 2013, to advocate for funding that supports the life-saving and life-changing services provided by community-based sexual and domestic violence programs.
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Barrios & Conley to lead hundreds of men in taking pledge to work to end violence against women

- Co-chairs Barrios and Conley prepare for the 6th annual statewide White Ribbon Day Campaign sponsored by Jane Doe Inc.. Campaign calls upon men and boys to wear a white ribbon and join in taking the Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Pledge to be part of solution in ending violence against women.
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Western Massachusetts Homicide Case Highlights Need for Community Wide Education on LGBQT Domestic Violence

- JDI and its member programs The Network/La Red and Safe Passage provide comment and analysis in light of trial of of Cara Rintala for the murder of her wife, Annamarie Cochrane Rintala.
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Revere, Everett and Chelsea 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., Campaign Co-Chair Jarrett Barrios, CEO of American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts, will join Mayor Dan Rizzo of Revere, Council President Brian Hatelberg of Chelsea and City Alderman Mike Mangan of Everett at tonight’s public meetings. The local White Ribbon Day Affiliates and Jane Doe Inc. member programs are: HarborCOV in Chelsea and Revere and RESPOND, Inc. in Everett.
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Advocates to honor Attorney General Martha Coakley for her leadership to support victims and survivors and help end sexual and domestic violence

- Former Congressman Bill Delahunt and Senate President Therese Murray will join Jane Doe Inc. Executive Director Mary R. Lauby, the Jane Doe Inc. Board of Directors to present the Delahunt Award for Extraordinary Public Service to Attorney General Martha Coakley on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 5:30 PM at The State Room, 60 State Street, Boston.
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Jane Doe Inc. supports swift and thorough state and federal action on firearm safety & control

- The current state and national focus on gun policy reform offers an unprecedented opportunity to save the lives of victims of sexual and domestic violence. The risks associated with gun access are of daily concern to sexual and domestic violence victims as demonstrated by the large percentage of domestic violence homicide victims who were killed with a firearm. JDI supports efforts for gun policy reform and calls for more research, support for victims and offender accountability.
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Jane Doe Inc. applauds new law to address housing rights of victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence and stalking

- After many years of advocacy, Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, is pleased that an Act relative to housing rights for victims of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault and stalking was enacted by the Legislature and signed into law today by Governor Patrick.
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Conley and Barrios Team Up to End Violence Against Women

- On Thursday, December 6, 2012, Jane Doe Inc. will launch the 6th Annual Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign to engage men in the solution of ending violence against women. Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and former State Senator and present American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts CEO Jarrett Barrios will serve as Co-Chairs of this year’s campaign. Governor Deval Patrick will once again serve as Honorary Chair of the campaign.
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Jovan Belcher murder-suicide an act of men's violence against women

- JDI and member program Sport in Society issued a statement regarding Jovan Belcher’s murder of his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins. This murder-suicide places the spotlight on the problem of domestic violence in our society. While concussions, performance enhancing drugs and football are being cited as possible reasons for Mr. Belcher’s actions, there is one indisputable fact: Jovan Belcher's decision to acquire a gun and then murder his girlfriend, the mother of his child, was an act of domestic violence.
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JDI Statement on Rape Rhetoric

- Recent controversial comments about rape offer great political fodder for speculation on the upcoming elections. Amid all the discussion of language and politics, let’s not forget that beyond the politics are real victims of rape – women, men and children whose lives will be forever changed because of the violence perpetrated against them. When a person is raped and in need of services, support, and safety, our response should be compassionate. The MA Legislature and the US Congress can demonstrate this compassion by fully funding rape crisis services, prevention, education in the Commonwealth and promoting good public policy through the immediate passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization.
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RESPOND’s Official Statement on Today’s Domestic Violence Homicide in Malden, Massachusetts

- RESPOND, Inc. and JDI put out a joint statement in response to the murder of Cecilia Yakubu. Yakubu became the 19th domestic violence related death since January 1, 2012 and a tragedy that illustrates no one is immune from the public health epidemic of domestic violence.
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Beanpot schools join Patrick-Murray administration and state officials to end men's violence against women

- Coaches and captains of BC, BU, Harvard and Northeastern meet with senior state officials and Jane Doe Inc. as part of 5th Annual White Ribbon Day Campaign.
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"S-Comm" Should Be Ended, Not Extended, Say Leaders at Press Conference: Labor, Faith and Human Rights leaders join immigrants to pledge resistance to an un-American invasion of civil rights

- BOSTON -- Today at 12:30 p.m., immigrants and their allies from faith, labor, and human rights organizations will gather at SEIU 615 to strongly condemn the May 15 implementation of the "Secure Communities" immigration enforcement program in Massachusetts. The announcement of this federal implementation follows one day after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) also announced the immediate implementation of the program in New Hampshire.
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In Wake of Domestic Violence Homicide: Advocates Ask "What Can We Do To Prevent These Deaths?"

- As advocates learned of the 9th domestic violence homicide in Massachusetts since January 1 of this year, the conversation quickly turned to what they and the entire community can do to prevent future domestic violence homicides.
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National Studies Expose Epidemic of Sexual and Domestic Violence in Massachusetts, country: Advocates bring message to Beacon Hill, Seek Funding

- The levels of sexual violence, rape and intimate partner violence are epidemic in Massachusetts and around the country, according to Jane Doe Inc., the statewide advocacy coalition against sexual and domestic violence in Massachusetts. With as many as 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men experiencing some form of sexual or domestic violence, the prevalence and pervasiveness of these types of violence require public and private responses of equal proportion. This will be the message as Jane Doe Inc. and over 120 people from JDI member programs, including staff, volunteers and survivors visit with their legislators on Tuesday, April 10, 2012.
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In wake of murder-suicide in Hopkinton, Advocates against sexual and domestic violence urge people to reach out for help

- JDI and member program Voices Against Violence put out a statement in the wake of this tragedy: “The news of a murder-suicide is more than heart-breaking: it’s also a wake up call that we all must do more to help prevent these deaths. Combating domestic violence is a community issue and everyone has a role to play.”
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National Studies Expose Epidemic of Sexual and Domestic Violence in Massachusetts, country

- Jane Doe Inc. (JDI) will release three recent national studies that expose the prevalence and pervasiveness of sexual and domestic violence here in Massachusetts and around the country and call for more support to address this epidemic. Senate President Therese Murray will also speak.
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White Ribbon Day State House Proclamation

- In his role as Honorary Chair, Governor Deval Patrick led the 5th Annual Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Governor’s Proclamation Event at the State House on March 1, 2012. The day is sponsored by Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, and supported by 65 White Ribbon Day Affiliates across the Commonwealth.
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Diverse Groups Testify Against Anti-Immigrant Bill

- At the Joint Committee on the Judiciary hearing, human rights advocates, faith leaders, immigration experts and others spoke about how the proposed legislation scapegoats immigrants and ignores the real threats to public safety, namely, drunk driving and alcohol abuse.
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Celtics Pre-Game Focus on Ending Men's Violence Against Women

- Jane Doe Inc., Employers Against Domestic Violence, and The Plymouth County White Ribbon Campaign have partnered once again with the Boston Celtics to help end sexual and domestic violence. The pre-game promotion at TD Garden on February 29th will take place the night before the 5th Annual Massachusetts White Ribbon Day.
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From college campuses to military bases, Men in Massachusetts pledge to end violence against women

- Five years ago, the public conversation about men’s role and responsibility in being part of the solution in ending men’s violence against women took a dramatic shift in Massachusetts. Massachusetts White Ribbon Day 2012 is set to take place on March 1, 2012 at 1:00 PM at the State House.
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Stalking, Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocates Applaud Massachusetts Senate for addressing economic stability needs of victims and survivors

- After many years of advocacy, Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, is pleased that the Employment Leave Bill has passed in the Senate and is one step closer to becoming a law.
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DCF Commissioner McClain, MAPS Executive Director Pinto call for action to protect kids and end violence (English)

- To advocates against sexual and domestic violence, the latest sex abuse charges against former Red Sox club manager Donald Fitzpatrick is one more example that no one is immune from these issues and more must be done to help protect kids and end violence in general. JDI points out that one place to start is for men to address one another to promote a culture of positive masculinity that fosters equality and non-violence. On Tuesday, December 6, 2011, Jane Doe Inc. will launch the 5th Annual Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign, calling on men to step up and be part of the solution in ending men’s violence against women.
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DCF Commissioner McClain, MAPS Executive Director Pinto call for action to protect kids and end violence (Portuguese)

- To advocates against sexual and domestic violence, the latest sex abuse charges against former Red Sox club manager Donald Fitzpatrick is one more example that no one is immune from these issues and more must be done to help protect kids and end violence in general. JDI points out that one place to start is for men to address one another to promote a culture of positive masculinity that fosters equality and non-violence. On Tuesday, December 6, 2011, Jane Doe Inc. will launch the 5th Annual Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign, calling on men to step up and be part of the solution in ending men’s violence against women.
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The Roles Men Play in Ending Violence Against Women

- Story after story of domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, trafficking, sexual harassment, bullying, and child abuse fill the news and represent thousands and thousands of victims right here in Massachusetts. The latest numbers from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey make abundantly clear that violence against women occurs at unacceptable rates AND that more must be done to prevent sexual and domestic violence. Jane Doe Inc.’s Massachusetts White Ribbon Day recognizes the unique and critical role that men can and are playing to help end violence against women.
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Jane Doe Inc. Commends Verizon for Leadership on Domestic Violence Prevention

- JDI will join a host of leaders working to prevent domestic violence in Massachusetts and to encourage men to join the movement at the Verizon Foundation Domestic Violence Solutions Award Presentations and event on Friday, October 28, 2011. More than $200,000 in grants will be awarded to 19 nonprofit organizations including JDI and 14 other JDI members.
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Domestic Violence Programs Respond to Arrest made in Rintala Case

- The Network/La Red, Safe Passage and Jane Doe Inc. respond to the recent arrest of Cara Lee Rintala, 45 for the murder of her spouse Annamarie Cochrane Rintala, 37 on March 29, 2010. This domestic violence related homicide highlights the need for continued vigilance, outreach, awareness and response to domestic violence in the LGBTQ community.
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JDI Joins HarborCOV and Winthrop Community to Hold Candlelight Vigil In Memory of Victims of Domestic Violence

- JDI will join member program HarborCOV and the Winthrop, Massachusetts community to hold a Candlelight Vigil in memory of victims of domestic violence and to raise awareness about the lethality of domestic violence during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
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Pets, Prevention, and Victims' Rights on Agenda: Sexual and domestic violence advocates urge action to save lives

- Maureen Gallagher, Policy Director, of Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, will be on Beacon Hill today (October 5, 2011) to urge the Massachusetts Legislature to take immediate action on three proposed statutes that singly and collectively would provide essential support and safety for victims of sexual and domestic violence.
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LGBTQ Community and Partners Hold Vigil to Remember LGBTQ Domestic Violence Related Homicide Victims

- Community partners including GLBT Domestic Violence Coalition, Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Program, The Network/La Red, Violence Recovery Programat Fenway Health, HarborCOV, and Jane Doe Inc. to hold candelight vigil in response to seven (7) domestic violence related homicides in LGBTQ Community in past 17 months.
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Red Sox, Jane Doe and Verizon Team Up To Prevent Violence

- It was a magical night at Fenway Park for Jane Doe Inc. On-field presentations honoring First Lady of Boston Angela F. Menino, a champion in the fight to rid our communities of sexual and domestic violence, a $25,000 check presentation from Verizon to JDI, and a cell phone drive sponsored by HopeLine from Verizon Wireless.
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State Rep Fattman Says Undocumented Immigrant Rape Victims "Should Be Afraid to Come Forward"

- Human rights advocates nationwide express outrage, demand apology.
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