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The voices of survivors, member programs, and community allies, joining together in one voice, are essential in order to affect social change to end violence and oppression in our society. Every voice is important.

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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

JDI leads advocacy for FY2014 State Budget

Tell the Massachusetts legislature not to let survivors fall through the gap!

On April 4, 2013, Jane Doe Inc. and representatives from its member organizations will be at the State House to meet with legislators and their staff about the need for adequate funding for sexual assault and domestic violence community-based programs. Budget cuts have eroded these services over the years, and programs need additional funding to rebuild their capacity to meet the needs in their communities.  But if we are going to make a difference, legislators need to hear from as many of their constituents as possible.

HERE ARE THE FACTS:

On a daily basis, community programs are working to prevent sexual and domestic violence and create safer communities. These services provide survivors with the support they need to rebuild their lives. Yet, despite some restorations, current funding levels remain as much as 12% below FY 2009 levels.  In addition proposed rate changes for domestic violence residential services fall far below the actual cost of these services. JDI is asking for an increase to bring parity to the contracts for providing domestic violence residential services. Without adequate funding for these services, too many survivors will not receive the help they need when they find the courage to seek help.

WITH A QUICK PHONE CALL OR BRIEF E-MAIL YOU CAN HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

As hundreds of community service advocates converge at the State House, you can reinforce their message with a quick call or brief e-mail to your legislators.  Go to our state budget priority page for more details about JDI's FY2014 budget request.

Find out who your legislators are and how to contact them here: My Elected Officials

Sample script:

I understand that Jane Doe members are at the State House today asking for funding for sexual and domestic violence programs, primarily through three key line items for comprehensive sexual and domestic violence services.  I would like to join in that request.  I am asking for your leadership and support to ensure sexual and domestic violence programs receive the funding they need to meet the needs of survivors and keep our communities safe.


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