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"From its unique vantage point as the statewide coalition, JDI helps us all connect the dots between policy, practice and services and strengthens our work in the communities we serve." ~ Linda Cavaioli, Executive Director, YWCA of Central Massachusetts

Membership Criteria And Benefits

Member Organizations are non-profits that further the mission of Jane Doe Inc. by providing services to or on behalf of survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. These services are free, confidential, and available to all survivors regardless of age, race, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, or financial status.

CRITERIA:
The criteria for membership has been determined by the member organizations themselves in conjunction with Jane Doe Inc.’s Board of Directors. There are two levels of membership and applying is a process; all members agree to support a set of core values that guide our collective work.

Core Members provide comprehensive services and meet one or more of the following criteria:
1. Emergency shelter with 90-day stay or safe homes with a minimum of 3-day stay.
2. Programs for victims of domestic violence with 24-hour accessibility.
3. Rape crisis centers that provide a range of services such as a 24-hour hotline, counseling, medical advocacy, legal advocacy, and prevention education.
4. Transitional living programs that provide residential services specifically designed for victims of domestic violence.

Core member must also sign and support the principles of unity which address the mission and core values of Jane Doe Inc. They must also agree to support a unified budget strategy for public funding at the state and national level.

General Members provide intervention or prevention services, but do not meet the criteria for Core Members. They include prevention programs, hospital and school-based programs, batterer’s intervention programs, faith-based and other special focus programs, and others.


MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS:
Seeking membership in the Coalition is a choice for each of these organizations. The driving force behind the Coalition is a shared commitment by the membership to form a dynamic community of diverse allies with the common goal of ending domestic violence and sexual assault.

While specific benefits vary based on core and general membership status, as a member of the Coalition, organizations gain strength from one another and magnify their power as a whole. JDI members receive an array of resources and services by being part of a statewide organization including:

• State and national public policy and budget advocacy that is responsive and designed to protect and further the interests of survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence;
• Representation on numerous commissions, collaborative projects, and task forces;
• Access to conferences and workshops offered by the JDI Training Institute that focus on capacity building, skills development, and cutting edge issues;
• Individualized technical assistance and specialized training;
• Participation in membership working groups and advisory boards;
• Participation in caucuses designed to foster leadership and create networking opportunities, especially among women of color and staff who identify as LGBQ/T;
• Access to educational materials including curricula, training materials, and videos;
• Engagement in the development of public awareness campaigns and access to diverse public awareness resources;
• Opportunities for statewide and national networking designed to assist members in meeting the needs of their communities, disseminate best practice models, network and promote collaborations.

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS:

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a member, please contact us at info@janedoe.org.


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