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

Email: ttroop@janedoe.org
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.

JDI Statements and Press Releases

Lessons Learned from Amber Heard, Johnny Depp Trial

So many lessons from the Amber Heard and Johnny Depp trial. Here's the top ones on JDI's list:   #1 We need more education about the dynamics of intimate partner violence and how to distinguish between unhealthy and toxic relationships and behaviors and the abuse of...

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JDI applauds action on image based sexual assault

May 25, 2022 Statement made by Hema Sarang-Sieminski, JDI Policy Director   JDI commends the MA Legislature for its thoughtful and survivor-centered approach during today’s House Ways and Means Committee Meeting to address the far too common experience of image based...

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Abortion Rights Are Survivors’ Rights

On Tuesday, we all learned that the anticipated U.S. Supreme Court decision set to rollback reproductive rights, abortion access specifically, was in fact likely to happen during this session. With no regard for the needs of sexual assault and rape survivors, those...

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