What We Do
At Jane Doe Inc. we work to amplify the voices of all who are impacted by sexual and domestic violence and to undo the social injustices that perpetuate an abuse of power.
We work with our coalition members and a host of public and private partners to create policies and explore innovative solutions that improve the lives of survivors. We seek to prevent gender-based violence by changing the lens through which people view the experiences of survivors and by promoting equity and justice for everyone. Check out JDI’s statement on our work to rethink our relationship to the criminal legal system and explore how we can move our collective response to SDV towards centering the needs and experiences of survivors most impacted by structural violence.
Our work complements the life-saving and healing services provided by our 59 community-based coalition members from the Berkshires to the Cape and everywhere in between.
What’s Up at JDI
2023-2024 Legislative Advocacy Kickoff
Sexual and Domestic Violence Advocates Gather (Virtually!) to Launch2023-2024 Legislative Advocacy Season On Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at 1:30 p.m., Jane Doe Inc. (JDI), the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, will officially...
JDI reflections on attacks on Asian community, Anti-Blackness, and other tragedies
A Call for Solidarity & Action Over the past few weeks, we have collectively born witness to a torrent of violence and loss. From the deadly attacks on Asian communities in California to the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols in Tennessee, the police killing of Sayed...
Community responds to 2nd suspected LGBTQ+ partner abuse-related homicide in Massachusetts in the past three months and other DV related deaths
Since January 1, 2022, there have been 27 incidents of domestic violence related deaths in Massachusetts, according to JDI's tracking. Two of these incidents involved members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) communities, underscoring the...
Our community is made up of a diverse and growing group of local, regional, and national allies. In a typical week, we could be standing in solidarity with those working for immigrant rights, supporting students addressing sexual assault on their campus, or working with a business leader to bring change to their corporate culture. Using our collective power, we work together to create the world we want to make. Learn more about these invaluable voices for change.
JDI has been at the forefront of this work in Massachusetts for decades, changing the way society views and reacts to sexual and domestic violence in ways that make our communities safer today and for future generations. We’ve come a long way in exposing these issues that too often remain hidden and thrive on silence. As the collective community enters a brave new dialogue around gender-based violence, we continue to offer leadership, expertise, and advocacy to help survivors heal and advance justice.
Million increased funding advocating for sexual and domestic violence services in Massachusetts FY2021 state budget resulted in an additional $10million – a 25% increase! – including funds for prevention.
Attendees of the 2019 #ReimagineManhood Symposium
Number of lawmakers our network met with on our most recent Advocacy Day
No act is too small. You can sign up for JDI’s action alerts, work with us to address sexual violence on your college campus, join thousands of boys and men engaged in our #ReimagineManhood initiative, or share your time and talents with JDI and our member programs across the Commonwealth.
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