Media Resources

JDI is committed to ensuring that media coverage accurately reflects the experiences of survivors. Journalists can play a critical role in educating the public and informing systemic change on the personal, community, organizational, and policy levels.

Media requests

We recognize that every minute counts when you´re on deadline. In your coverage of sexual and domestic violence issues/incidents, the expertise and resources of JDI and its statewide network of 60 local sexual and domestic violence programs can help you save time, reduce legwork, ensure accuracy, and get your story out there quickly. We will make every effort to assist you in, please contact:

Toni K. Troop, Director of Communications and Development

Business Hours: 617-557-1807
Nights/Weekends: 617-212-7571

Resources for Journalists

These guides created by JDI with the help from members of the media aim to help reporters, copywriters, headline writers, and editors with coverage of sexual and domestic violence.

Domestic Violence Homicide Media Guide: The media has increasingly gotten out the message that domestic violence is a crime and that help is available for victims. It’s essential that these cases are portrayed in context and not only as individual tragedies. Much of the guide is also applicable to general coverage of sexual and domestic violence, stalking, and other forms of abuse.

Strangulation vs. Choking Media Guide: The difference between the terms strangulation and choking is not semantic as each connotes very different things regarding intent and action. Using appropriate terminology in describing the act of strangulation helps readers (victims, responders, and others) understand this dangerous act of violence. JDI would like to acknowledge the input of journalists, law enforcement, advocates, and survivors in drafting this resource. 


As the country and the world continue to engage in an unprecedented dialogue around gender-based violence, JDI is committed to providing our voice and leadership to help responsibly guide the conversation. These statements are issued to help frame the discussion and show the impact media has on survivors who have experienced trauma.

JDI Public Statements

DVAM 2021: No Survivor Justice Without Racial Justice

October is Domestic Violence Awareness + Action Month Individually and collectively we can take steps to support survivors and prevent domestic violence.  Check out the calendar of DVAM events in Massachusetts:      Here are 3 ways you...

SAAM 2021 Message

Remarks by Debra J. Robbin, JDI's Executive DirectorApril 21, 2021 at a SAAM Event hosted by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito I am honored to be here today as the Executive Director of Jane Doe Inc (JDI), as an Advocate and as a survivor of sexual assault. I want to extend...

Stop Anti-Asian Hate by Ending White Supremacy Culture

A Statement From JDI On March 16, 2021, a white gunman in Atlanta Georgia went on a killing spree targeting members of the Asian community, killing six women and two men, and placing the blame on the victims themselves. Meanwhile too many are attempting to divorce...

2021 White Ribbon Day Underway

When JDI hosted the first statewide Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign in 2007, we didn't know what to expect. Today, we know that YOU and thousands more across the Commonwealth have embraced the values of this campaign and your actions to help end gender-based...

Meet JDI’s Fabulous New Board Members

January 28, 2021 Jane Doe Inc. (JDI), the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, is pleased to announce the following three appointments to its Board of Directors: Ricardhy Grandoit with Major League Baseball, Celia Richa with Greater...


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