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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.

JDI helps survivors pursue education, training and small business opportunities with support from The Allstate Foundation's Purple Purse Program

Contact: Toni Troop, 617-212-7571, ttroop@janedoe.org

JANE DOE INC. HELPS SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PURSUE EDUCATION, JOB TRAINING, AND SMALL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUPPORT FROM THE ALLSTATE FOUNDATION’S PURPLE PURSE PROGRAM

 

WHAT:   Jane Doe Inc. has distributed the 2016 Economic Empowerment Grants totaling $10,000 to 10 sexual and domestic violence agencies on behalf of 11 survivors from across the Commonwealth. Funding for these grants was made possible with support from The Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse program.  The descriptions of the grant awards illustrate the resilience, creativity, and dedication of survivors.  Since 2012, Jane Doe Inc. has distributed 52 grants totaling $40,000 in Massachusetts to demonstrate how a small investment of cash can result in enormous positive change in the lives of survivors and their families. (Program recipients listed below.)

WHY IT MATTERS: Victims of sexual and domestic violence experience many hardships when it comes to economic stability and independence.  A frequent aspect of domestic violence occurs in the form of financial abuse, which can result in ruined credit scores, an inability to pay for training and education, and limited experience managing finances.  Additionally, survivors who experience sexual assault or stalking while in high school and college are more likely to drop out and have difficulty completing coursework, disrupting their educational plans and impacting their long-term earning potential. With such formidable barriers in place, it is paramount for survivors to have access to resources and support in order to establish financial stability and gain autonomy over their decisions, careers, and passions -- economically and otherwise.

Debra J. Robbin, Jane Doe Inc.’s Executive Director, said, “We have been inspired by the ways in which these modest grants have enabled so many survivors of sexual and domestic violence to advance their goals and dreams.  These funds have fostered economic independence in the areas of education, credit repair, and entrepreneurship, and we are so thrilled to support the resilience of survivors.”

Through providing survivors these grants, Jane Doe Inc. and The Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse program make an investment in survivors’ futures and provide them with another tool to aid in the meaningful transition to independence and empowerment. 

Mary McDermott of the Allstate Insurance Company noted, “Purple Purse seeks to raise awareness of financial abuse as an invisible weapon through symbolism. A purse represents financial independence. We are proud to partner with Jane Doe Inc. and to help them empower survivors.”

Program recipients include:

Casa Myrna, Boston
Center for Women and Community, Hampshire County
Community Advocacy Program at CHERRS, Boston
Elizabeth Freeman Center, Berkshire County
Health Imperatives, Brockton
The Second Step, Newton
The Women's Center, New Bedford
Transition House, Cambridge
YWCA of Central Massachusetts, Worcester County
YWCA of Greater Lawrence, Lawrence

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Jane Doe Inc. can connect reporters with the local grantee organizations.

For more information about Jane Doe Inc.’s continued economic empowerment efforts please visit: http://www.janedoe.org/what_we_do/economic_empowerment

For more information about The Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse program, please visit:  http://purplepurse.com/

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