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

2020 Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Safety, Healing, and Justice for survivors is on the ballot. Vote, November 3, 2020.Every October, JDI joins with advocates and survivors around the world to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). It will...

Ballot Question 1: Right to Repair

Question 1 on the Massachusetts ballot this year concerns access to mechanical data in a vehicle's on-board diagnostics or telematics system’, and is commonly known as the “Right to Repair Law’. We'd like to share with you our thoughts and analysis on this issue and...

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