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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.

Tsarnaev: History of Domestic Violence?

Statement from the National Network to End Domestic Violence’s Massachusetts member, Jane Doe Inc., the statewide coalition of domestic violence and sexual assault programs:

Mary R. Lauby, Executive Director of Jane Doe Inc. has released the following statement:

As we collectively breathe a sigh of relief that the second suspect is in custody, we want to thank and applaud the leadership and collaboration among our local, state and federal leaders and law enforcement responsible for this outcome.

In the days ahead, both investigators and media will continue to dig down to find out more about these two men. Earlier on Friday, there were media reports of domestic violence in reference to the older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.  One article stated that Tsarnaev had been arrested for domestic assault and battery in 2009. Another article included a statement by his cousin that Tsarnaev was abusive to his girlfriend.  A radio story also included accounts of domestic violence.  The introduction of the element of domestic violence into this equation raises red flags for domestic violence experts and advocates.   We appreciate the responsiveness of the Middlesex District Attorneys Office to our inquiries to confirm whether the case against Tsarnaev for assault and battery was in fact domestic violence related.  We continue to work with our partners as this information is unfolding in order to expand and deepen our shared understanding of the connections between domestic violence and other forms of violence.

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Mary R. Lauby and Kim Gandy, President and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) are both available or comments. Please contact:

Toni K. Troop, Director of Communications
Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
Direct:  617-557-1807
Mobile:  617-212-7571

Cindy Southworth, VP or Kim Gandy, CEO
National Network to End Domestic Violence
  (both of them check this email address and will respond promptly)


About Jane Doe, Inc.

Jane Doe Inc. is the statewide coalition of domestic violence and sexual assault programs in Massachusetts. Jane Doe Inc. advocates for responsive public policy, promotes collaboration, raises public awareness, and supports our member programs to provide comprehensive prevention and intervention services.  We are guided by the voices of survivors.  To learn more about Jane Doe, Inc, please visit www.janedoe.org


NNEDV, a 501(c)(3) organization, is the leading voice for domestic violence victims and  their allies.  NNEDV members include all 56 of the state and territorial coalitions against domestic violence, including over 2,000 local programs.  NNEDV has been a premiere national organization advancing the movement against domestic violence for almost 20 years, having led efforts among domestic violence advocates and survivors in urging Congress to pass the landmark Violence Against Women Act of 1994.  To learn more about NNEDV, please visit www.nnedv.org.


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