Jane Doe Inc. Marks the Beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2019
October 02, 2019
Boston, October 2 - Jane Doe Inc. (JDI), The Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, has joined advocates across the country to mark the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), which is commemorated every year in October. Throughout the month, state and national events will be held to highlight the stories of survivors, increase public understanding, and advance potential solutions to the challenge of domestic violence.
In Massachusetts, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men report having experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. So far this year, thirteen separate incidents of domestic violence homicidehave claimed the lives of eleven women, two men, and three children (narratives available here). Domestic violence also affects the economic security of those who experience it; studies consistently show that over a third of all domestic violence victims become homeless at some point in their lives. As we have come to understand, intimate partner violence encompasses many forms of abuse.
In partnership with its nearly 60 member organizations that serve survivors across the Commonwealth, JDI works to advocate for effective policies at the state level, increase public understanding of sexual and domestic violence issues, and ultimately prevent and end all forms of gender-based violence.
“Domestic Violence Awareness Month is an opportunity to reflect on the progress we’ve made thus far, and also a time to reflect on where Massachusetts can and could be in the future,” said Debra J. Robbin, Executive Director of JDI. “We know domestic violence continues to be a pervasive challenge and impacts our communities - especially those most marginalized.” Across the country, statistics show that communities of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, immigrants and refugees, and those experiencing homelessness are disproportionately impacted by domestic violence. “This isn’t just a domestic violence issue, this is a social justice and human rights issue,” Robbin said.
The facts and figures put together by the UN Women agency make clear that these are global issues tied to the root causes of gender, racial, and economic inequities: https://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women/facts-and-figures
This (DVAM) month, JDI member programs and allied organizations are hosting public events. For more information on events: https://janedoe.org/how_you_can_help/calendar_of_events.
The media is invited to create stories that delve into the causes of intimate partner violence and the creative and life-saving efforts of community based groups throughout the Commonwealth.
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JDI (also known as Jane Doe Inc., The Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence) is the only statewide membership and advocacy coalition in Massachusetts dedicated to addressing sexual and domestic violence. We aim to support survivors and end violence by promoting gender equity, racial justice, and safety for everyone. JDI’s mission is to complement and support the expertise and leadership of our community-based member organizations with a statewide strategy involving public and private partners to tackle systemic issues that foster and perpetuate violence, to create policies and explore innovative solutions that improve the lives of survivors, and to prevent gender-based violence.