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"Jane Doe Inc. keeps us grounded in the current policy developments, information, and emerging topics in domestic and sexual violence. Through their system change work and government relations, they rise our voice and share survivors’ concerns and needs. I can’t imagine leading a local agency without the support and expertise that I receive as a member of JDI. " ~ Marianne Winters - Executive Director at Safe Passage Inc.

Funding needed to fill gaps in sexual and domestic violence services and prevention efforts in Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                      Toni K. Troop
MARCH 24, 2015                                                                 ttroop@janedoe.org; 617-212-7571 cell

Funding needed to fill gaps in sexual and domestic violence services
and prevention efforts in Massachusetts

WHAT:  Sexual and domestic violence advocates will gather for Jane Doe Inc.’s annual Legislative Advocacy and Awareness Day to shine a light on the needs and services for victims, survivors and their families.  JDI’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2016 aims to fill gaps in services so that all victims in every part of the Commonwealth have access to quality, timely and culturally appropriate responses and services.

WHO:   Attorney General Maura Healey will speak to the importance of civic engagement and the role of advocates and survivors in the policy making process. Over 100 advocates, volunteers and survivors will travel from across the Commonwealth to meet with their state representatives and senators.

WHEN:  Wednesday, March 25, 2015. (NOTE: Media is welcome when the Attorney General’s remarks are scheduled to begin at 11:00am.)

WHERE: Suffolk Law School,120 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

WHY:     An additional $6.134 million in funds for sexual and domestic violence services will make a significant difference in the ability of local programs to respond to and meet the needs in their communities. Specifically, it will 1) finally restore the funding cuts from FY2009 for sexual assault, including culturally specific services for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer and Transgender and immigrant communities, and batterer’s intervention programs; 2) increase capacity for community based domestic violence services of another advocate per 100,000 individuals across Massachusetts; and 3) support medical accompaniment by a rape crisis advocate in the Berkshires, south shore and northeast regions. (Details in chart below and on Jane Doe Inc. website.)

Maureen Gallagher, JDI’s Policy Director, said, “Passage last year of Chapter 260 of the Acts of 2014 demonstrated an understanding of the complexity and pervasiveness of these issues and a need to address them.  This year legislators are being asked to match that commitment with budgetary support to help improve victim safety and hold offenders accountable.”

 

Line Item (service area)

FY2009

FY2015
(current)

FY2016
Governor’s budget

FY2016
Jane Doe Inc. request

DPH Line Item 4513-1130

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Prevention & Treatment Services: Sexual Assault Programs, LGBQ/T domestic violence services, Batterer Intervention Programs, Refugee & Immigrant Safety & Empowerment (RISE) programs, prevention and capacity building

 

 

$6,391,677

 

 

$5,757,078

 

 

$5,760,068

 

 

$7,500,000

DCF Line Item 4800-1400

Support Services for People at Risk of Domestic Violence:emergency DV shelters, transitional living programs and substance abuse/mental health residential programs; community based services; child witness to violence programs and supervised visitation.  

 

 

$23,473,036

 

 

$24,448,905

 

 

$23,972,020

 

 

$28,000,000

DPH Line item 4510-0810

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) and Pediatric SANE

$3,601,330

$3,754,426

$3,869,814

$4,595,000

 

Special thanks to Suffolk University's Moakley Center for Public Management for hosting the briefing.

For more information, please contact Toni K. Troop, Director of Communications and Development at 617-212-7571 or ttroop@janedoe.org.

 

 

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