JDI, our members, and our allies advocate for change through state and federal legislation and funding as well as in public and private systems to improve access to services, resources, and justice for survivors.

This work extends to schools, businesses, healthcare, government, and advocacy organizations. We work to create policies that are more responsive to survivors needs, expand resources, and promote prevention strategies which strengthen our communities.

JDI’s policy and systems work is informed by the experiences and needs of survivors along with a racial equity and gender justice analysis. For instance, while COVID-19 certainly created new challenges, the pandemic also exacerbated existing barriers and disparities in terms of access to services, options, and resources for survivors. Many of these barriers are a direct result of the legacy of white supremacy and the institutionalization of racism and other forms of oppression. During this time JDI has heard directly from sexual and domestic violence providers about the immediate and increasingly complex needs of survivors. We also recognize that too often, survivors are criminalized or enter into criminal systems for what they did in order to survive.

Want to learn more?  Read our statement: Rethinking Our Relationship to the Criminal Legal System


When you donate to JDI, you express your commitment to social justice and a world free of violence. Your charitable contribution is an investment: an investment in safer communities, an investment in saving and improving the lives of countless individuals and families, and investment in our future.

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