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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, JDI board member and Executive Director of Womanshelter/Companeras, pictured here with a JDI delegation meeting with Congressman Niki Tsongas

2 weeks to pass JDI's 4 legislative priorities

WE HAVE LESS THAN TWO WEEKS LEFT TO HELP OUR LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES PASS THIS YEAR!

Your advocacy over the past year has been key in getting the attention of the House and Senate.  Thanks to you, both branches have included our 4 priorities in their respective versions: H4038 and S1897 an act to enhance protections for domestic violence victims.

Help get this over the finish line.

The Conference Committee which is charged with reconciling these two version have less than 2 weeks left in the Legislative Session.

Please contact Conference Committee members and your own Representative and Senator THIS WEEK (the earlier the better) to urge them to pass this legislation NOW so that we improve protections and supports for victims and survivors and hold offenders accountable. Forward the message below to the Conference Committee.   Then relay a similar version to your local Reps/Senators asking them to take the message to the Conference Committee members.

 

SAMPLE MESSAGE

Dear Senator/Representative _____________    

I am writing/calling to request the passage of a final version of S1897 and H4038, an act to enhance protections for domestic violence victims, before the end of the current Legislative session. We are acutely aware of the numerous tasks facing the House and Senate in these final weeks and the complexity of this bill in particular.

We greatly appreciate the momentum in the Legislature—and the significant investment of time-- around sexual and domestic violence. If no bill is passed, victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence will continue to suffer while important supports for them, and improvements to our prevention and response systems, remain unaddressed.(**feel free to add your own personal message and experience here**)

We strongly urge the passage, at minimum, of the following key priorities which are present in both the Senate and House bill versions:

·         Employment leave for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking;

·         The creation of strangulation and suffocation offense;

·         The exemption of domestic violence cases from accord and satisfaction agreements;

·         The creation of the offense of assault and battery of a family or household member.

Thank you for leadership.

Sincerely…

NAME
ADDRESS
EMAIL AND/OR PHONE

S1897/H4308 Conference Committee Members:

Sen. Karen Spilka(Chair)
State House Room 320, Boston, MA 02133
Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov

617-722-1640

Sen. Cynthia Creem
State House Room 405, Boston, MA 02133
Cynthia.Creem@masenate.gov

617-722-1639

Sen. Richard Ross
State House Room 520, Boston, MA 02133
Richard.Ross@masenate.gov

617-722-1555

Rep. Garrett Bradley (Chair)
State House Room 478, Boston, MA 02133
Garrett.Bradley@mahouse.gov

617-722-2520

Rep. Christopher Markey
State House Room 155, Boston, MA 02133
Christopher.Markey@mahouse.gov

617-722-2450

Rep. Keiko Orrall
State House Room 540, Boston, MA 02133
Keiko.Orrall@mahouse.gov

617-722-2430


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