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Read our latest newsletter: February 2017.

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"From its unique vantage point as the statewide coalition, JDI helps us all connect the dots between policy, practice and services and strengthens our work in the communities we serve." ~ Linda Cavaioli, Executive Director, YWCA of Central Massachusetts

VAWA Reauthorization means #VAWA4ALL

Our mantra for the 2019 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act is #VAWA4ALL because gender-based violence affects us all. No one person or community is immune -- and no one can solve this issue alone.

JDI has been working with our  national partners to advocate for provisions in #VAWA2019 to provide necessary tools and resources to #supportsurvivorsand #prevent sexual and domestic violence.  This important legislation reauthorizes VAWA grant programs for another 5 years and makes important improvements.

We are lucky in Massachusetts that most of our Congressional Delegation are currently co-sponsors of H.R. 1585, with the exception of Representative Richard Neal. Please contact him and ask for his support and contact other U.S. Representatives and thank them for their support. Remind them to vote YES on #VAWA (H.R. 1585). 

You can reach your Member of Congress by calling 202-225-3121.

 

Facts about H.R.1585:

  • Invests in prevention by supporting programs to help children exposed to violence, work with teens and youth to build healthy relationships and engage men and boys to prevent domestic and sexual violence;
  • Improves the VAWA Health program to train more health care providers and make it easier to help children and elders affected by domestic and sexual violence;
  • Builds on #MeToo and expands the capacity of the Workplace Resource Center to prevent violence and harassment in the workplace;
  • Expands protections for Native American victims who are harmed by non-Native perpetrators to cover sexual assault, child abuse, sex trafficking, and assaults on tribal law enforcement officers on tribal lands;
  • Strengthens provisions to keep guns away from domestic abusers.


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