JDI Public Calendar

Upcoming events

    • Thursday, March 08, 2018
    • Monday, March 26, 2018
    • Jonathon Bourne Public Library, 19 Sandwich Rd, Bourne, MA

    • Thursday, March 22, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Harborpoint at Root - 35 Congress St. Suite 2350, Salem, MA 01970

    HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) is thrilled to be celebrating our 40th Anniversary as the leading domestic violence agency on the North Shore. We have remained a steadfast resource for survivors for four decades in large part thanks to you, our loyal community partners. Please join us for our Gratitude Celebration and allow us the opportunity to recognize you and your organization for fighting in the trenches with us every day on behalf of a mission to create a safe world for all.

    Light pastries and warm beverages will be served. 

    Please RSVP by March 8 to events@hawcdv.org. We hope you can join us! 

    • Thursday, March 22, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • The Savings Bank Theater at the Wakefield Memorial High School

    On March 22, 2018 at 7:00pm we are holding our 3rd Annual White Ribbon Event at The Savings Bank Theater at the Wakefield Memorial High School. The White Ribbon Campaign is a global movement of men and boys working to end gender based violence against women. The program is approximately 1 hour and there will be speakers (TBA) followed by the pledge lead by community leaders. Light refreshments will be served.

    • Friday, March 23, 2018
    • Beverly School for the Deaf Gym, 6 Echo Ave Beverly, MA

    The RAD system is a program of realistic, self defense tactics and techniques. This course begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance. 

    For more information and for registration click here!

    • Friday, March 23, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St, Worcester 01608

    General admission: $25, VIP Tickets: $100
    VIP tickets include preferred seating and meet & greet with Roxane.
    Roxane will speak about feminism, gender equality, racial bias in the media, sexuality, transgender rights and more. 

    Persons in need of accommodations for this event should contact June Vo at 508.854.4235 before March 13, 2018 (508.502.7647–Video Phone).

    Sponsored by Quinsigamond Community College School of Humanities and Education. All proceeds benefit merit and need-based scholarships for QCC students.

    Get your tickets here!

    • Monday, March 26, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 186

    Monday, March 26, 2018, 9:30 am - 11:30 am

    Where: Great Hall, Massachusetts State House 

    Description: Every year sexual and domestic violence advocates, survivors, and allies come together at the State House to advocate with and on behalf of survivors.One of Jane Doe Inc.’s (JDI) highest priorities as the state coalition is to advocate and mobilize support for services and policies that support survivors in the entirety of their lives.    Come learn about our budget and policy priorities and advocate with us to address survivor services, immigrant rights, campus sexual assault, health care privacy and more.   

    Low-Scent Request: We request that people limit their use of scented products before attending this event. Scented products (perfume, cigarettes, cologne, scented-shampoo, scented lotion, etc.) can make some people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) sick. Click here to learn more.

    Wheelchair Access: The Ashburton Park entrance of Bowdoin Street is wheelchair accessible (click image to right to view location of entrance)Click here for directions from Ashburton Park entrance to the Great Hall.

    Simultaneous Interpretation:  Simultaneous interpretation in American Sign Language (ASL) and other languages is available if requested by 5pm on March 1, 2018. Please contact Ayana via phone: 617-557-1802, fax: 617-248-0902, or email: amurakamifreeberg@janedoe.org with any requests.

    Photography and Videography: JDI may document the event with photography and videography; by registering for this event, you give your permission for your likeness to be included in any and all materials created by JDI, including but not limited to print, electronic, and social media.  JDI will provide a mechanism for you to indicate that you do NOT want to be recorded in any way.

    Restroom Information: There are multi-stall gender-specific restrooms (i.e. women, men) on most floors of the state house. There are no all gender restrooms, but there is one single-stall family restroom on the basement level near Gardner Auditorium. 

    Questions & Accommodation Requests
    Please contact Ayana Murakami-Freeberg via phone: 617-557-1802, fax: 617-248-0902, or email: amurakamifreeberg@janedoe.org

    • Tuesday, March 27, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Black Swan Country Club, Georgetown, Massachusetts

    The Massachusetts White Ribbon Campaign is a part of a worldwide movement for human right that engages men and boys to help end violence against women and girls. 

    Our 35th Anniversary White Ribbon Breakfast is held every year to inform and engage the community on ways men and boys can join in the effort to end violence again women and girls, and to promote gender equality and healthy relationships. 

    Limited seating available, reservations must be purchased in advance. 

    Reserve your ticket here!

    • Wednesday, March 28, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Boston Marriott Newton, 2345 Commonwealth Ave., Newton

    The Second Step to
    Premiere Documentary Play
    at 26th Celebrating Success Gala

    Benefit raises critical funds supporting
     those affected by domestic violence

    The Second Step, a nonprofit organization serving and supporting survivors of domestic violence, hosts its 26th annual Celebrating Success Gala on Wednesday, March 28, at Boston Marriott Newton, 2345 Commonwealth Ave., Newton.  Cocktail hour and a silent auction kick off the evening at 6 pm, followed by a seated dinner and the premiere presentation of the original documentary play No More Secrets: Survivor Voices from The Second Step, based on a book written by survivors from The Second Step.  All proceeds benefit nearly 800 adults and children the organization supports each year, as they move from abuse to lives of safety, stability, and well-being. The evening’s spotlight honoree is Joyce Kulhawik, Emmy™ Award-winning Arts and Entertainment Critic, for her enduring support of The Second Step’s mission, serving as advisory board member and event emcee for more than eight years.  

    Tickets to the Celebrating Success Gala are $300, a table of 8 seats is $2500.00, many sponsorship packages are also available.  To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.thesecondstep.org.  For sponsorship or advertising information, contact Suzanne Wakefield, Events & Development Manager at swakefield@thesecondstep.org or 617-916-2758; or Deborah Maini, Director of Development at dmaini@thesecondstep.org or 617-467-5637

    • Thursday, March 29, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Northern Essex Community College (Hartleb Tech. Center) Haverhill Campus, 100 Elliot St., Haverhill

    After a light breakfast, MA State Rep. Andy Vargas will give a keynote speech. White Ribbon Day Ambassador Andy Polanco, Student Support Staff at Haverhill High School, will also speak. All men and boys at the event will stand together and make the White Ribbon Pledge to never commit, condone, or remain silent about gender-based violence. 

    RSVP to 978 374-6121 or ataylor@ywcanema.org or rmcguire@ywcanema.org by March 26. Free & open to the public, but RVSP is required.

    • Thursday, March 29, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 50 Kearney Sq, Lowell, MA 01852-1902

    Film Showing: The Mask You Live In

    For many people, men and women both, traditional gender roles can be confusing, restrictive, or unwanted. The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Watch this powerful film, and then join us for an engaging conversation about the implications, challenges, and benefits of gender roles. This event is free, and open to ALL gender identities and all community members. Co-sponsored by Brotherhood of Strength of The Center for Hope and Healing and the Middlesex Community College Office Of Student Engagement

    For questions or to RSVP, e-mail studentengagement@middlesex.mass.edu.

    • Monday, April 02, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Family Justice Center, 989 Commonwealth Ave., Boston MA 02215

    Sustaining Yourself in the Age of #MeToo: A Self-Care Workshop

    It’s hard to pick up the paper or sign on to social media without facing a barrage of news stories related to sexual violence. While it’s great that #MeToo has pushed the national dialogue about sexual violence to the forefront, it can also be overwhelming. In the midst of all this, you—survivors, significant others, and advocates—may be finding it challenging to take care of yourself.

    So let’s take a minute (or a couple hours) to nourish ourselves! This self-care workshop is an opportunity to meet other survivors community members involved in the movement to end sexual violence and support survivors—while also learning skills to be your best self. In addition, a few members of our Survivors Speakers Bureau will join us to share their stories and thoughts about self-care. 

    This event requires an RSVP (scroll to the bottom of the page)

    • Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Boston State House, 02466

    It's time to stand with sexual assault survivors and ask Massachusetts leaders to take every possible measure to keep our campuses safe. Right now, two sexual assault prevention bills sit before the Massachusetts State legislature that are almost universally supported by survivors, advocates, and researchers. 

    We want to show support for these two bills:
    H.4159 requires every Massachusetts college and university to administer an anonymous sexual assault climate surveys to their students. S.2203 ensures that the sexual assault reporting and response requirements set by the Obama administration not only stay in place, but are made stronger than ever before.

    Both bills have been endorsed by survivors' advocacy groups including Jane Doe Inc.: The Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, No More, End Rape on Campus, and Know Your IX, as well as thousands of students across almost 20 campuses statewide. Together, we can make sure that the legislature receives the message loud and clear: these bills deserve a vote. Thank you for joining us to demand change.

    Learn more here!

    • Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Saturday, April 28, 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Health Imperatives, 942 West Chestnut Street, Brockton, MA 02301

    Health Imperatives' Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocacy Training will prepare volunteers, interns, and staff to assist survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, as well as their families and support systems. Training covers psychosocial, emotional, medical, and legal aspects of sexual assault and other related issues. 

    You must attend ALL of the following dates in order to receive a certificate of completion at the end:

    • Tuesday, April 10th 5pm-8pm
    • Thursday, April 12th 5pm-8pm
    • Saturday, April 14th 9am-3:30pm
    • Tuesday, April 17th 5pm-8pm
    • Thursday, April 19th 5pm-8pm
    • Saturday, April 21st 9am-3:30pm
    • Tuesday, April 24th 5pm-8pm
    • Thursday, April 26th 5pm-8pm
    • Saturday, April 28th 9am-3:30pm
    To register, please visit the event on EventBrite or through e-mail or call 508-583-3005 ext. 1005
    • Wednesday, April 11, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Friday, April 13, 2018
    • Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center, Marlborough, Massachusetts

    Please take the time to register for the 20th Annual MASOC and MATSA Conference at www.MASOC.net! This will be our best conference yet -- we hope you will join us! To ensure that you get the workshop choices you want, REGISTER NOW! To go directly to the online registration form, CLICK HERE

    The 2018 MASOC/MATSA Conference will be held Wednesday, April 11th through Friday, April 13th at the Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center, Marlborough, Massachusetts. This year’s conference, titled Preventing Sexual Violence Through Assessment, Treatment and Safe Management will have a wide variety of workshops (nearly 70) over three days.

    Here are some highlights!


    Our Thursday evening events include a bus trip to Boston, a Student and New Professionals Reception and a celebration of our 20th year of working together. We will be sending details about our 20th year celebration shortly -- be sure to look for these details. Each of these events are a great way to meet others in the field and enjoy your time in the area -- please join us for all of them!


    STUDENT RATES: Look for our student rates at $65/one day, $115/two days, $160/three days and consider attending the Student and New Professionals Reception on Thursday, April 12th from 5-6 PM.


    ·     Keynote address title is "Cultural Relevance and Inclusion Begins with Us" by Paula Gomez Stordy and helps to focus our conference theme of cultural competence. 

    ·     Robert Wright will be presenting offering "An Introduction: Cultural Competence for Sexual Violence Sector Professionals".

    ·     Cordelia Anderson will focus on "Impact of Pornography".

    ·     James Worling will speak about "Changing Perspectives: Focusing on Strengths and Protective Factors".

    ·     David Delmonico's workshop is titled, "#digitaldeviance: Assessment, Management and Treatment of Online Sex Offenders".

    ·     Sharon Kelley and Mark Olver will present the "Violence Risk Scale – Sexual Offense Version (VRS-SO) Training".

     Simply CLICK HERE to register! As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. 

    *Note: This conference runs from April 11 - 13. There are not three separate events, it is all part of one conference.

    • Thursday, April 12, 2018
    • Web Conference - Times are in US Eastern Time

    Series Description

    Through the #MeToo movement, the voice of survivors of sexual harassment have been loud and powerful. The #MeToo movement provides an opportunity to organize and mobilize men and boys, as active agents of change. This webinar series will explore current community-based efforts to rise to this challenge and some of the lessons learned from these efforts.

    Participants will come away with new concepts and concrete examples that can be employed immediately. This series will build on what the NAMEN members have already been doing to address the issues brought up by #MeToo and explore ways to strengthen this work together.

    Session Dates and Times

    1. Thu April 12; 3 – 4:30pm; Community experience, how are men responding?
    2. Thu April 26; 3 – 4:30pm; Dialog on theories of change for men.
    3. Thu May 10; 3 – 4:30pm; Immediate Applications, what can we do now?
    4. Thu June 14; 3 – 4:30pm; Reflection on lessons learned and next steps.

    Registration information Here!

    • Thursday, April 12, 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Wellesley Centers for Women - Cheever House, 828 Washington Street (Route 16), Wellesley, MA

    Wellesley Centers for Women invites you to their Lunchtime Seminar Series Spring 2018 

    "The Thrive Mosaic: A Tool for Activism for Scholars Across All Areas of Higher Education" with Robbin Chapman, Ph.D.

    Bring friends, colleagues, and your lunch. Enjoy tea and coffee on us. This event is free and open to the public.

    Schedule is subject to change. Please call 781-283-2500 or visit our website to confirm the schedule, review program descriptions, and or driving directions

    For accessibility questions, contact Disability Services at Wellesley College: disabilityservices@wellesley.edu or 781-283-2434

    • Monday, April 16, 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • Thursday, April 19, 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Sheraton Hotel, Dallas, TX

    The goal of the Conference on Crimes Against Women is to provide practical instruction, using current information, the newest ideas and most successful intervention strategies, to those professionals responsible for combating the many and varied forms of crimes against women. 

    The conference is conducted for the sole purpose of providing training to only those people employed by governmental or non-profit agencies in the fields of law enforcement, prosecution, social work, victim's advocacy, therapy, probation/parole, campus safety and medicine who work directly with victims of crime. 


    • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • YMCA Central Massachusetts, Room 1; 1 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608

    1st Quarterly #ReimagineManhood Convening

    CONNECTING THE DOTS: Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and Healthy Masculinity

    When: Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 2pm-4pm

    Where: YMCA Central Massachusetts, Room 1

    1 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608

    In the United States, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).  SAAM's goal is to raise awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it.  This year's theme is "Embrace Your Voice".  In this convening we will focus on how we "Embrace All Our Voices", we will explore and converse about the strategies community-based, state agencies, and communities are using to engage men and boys in prevention.  #ReimaginingManhood convenings are meant to build from everyone's knowledge and experience and increase attendees awareness, capacity, and proficiency in achieving gender equity, racial justice, and healthy masculinities in their local communities.


    Requesting Accommodations:  If you are d/Deaf, hard of hearing, or have a disability, and would like to request an accommodation, please contact Ayana Murakami-Freeberg at phone: 617-557-1802, fax: 617-248-0902, email: amurakamifreeberg@janedoe.org  preferably three weeks prior to the event you are attending.  In your message, please provide your contact information and specify what accommodation you are requesting.


    This convening has been developed for JDI member programs, DPH funded rape crisis centers, WRD Ambassadors, WRD Affiliates and JDI invited guests. Please note: there is no fee for registration, but pre-registration is required; space is limited. 

    • Thursday, April 19, 2018
    • China Pearl Restaurant, 9 Tyler Street, Boston, MA 02111


    Every Spring, The Network/La Red holds its annual fundraiser, Paint the Town (La) Red: A Celebration of Survival and every Spring, we have the opportunity to enjoy music, delicious food, and amazing performances with our community. Stay tuned for more information about ticket sales and our auction!

    For more information/ Para mas informacion: grassrootsfund@tnlr.org/ 857-310-5016

    • Thursday, April 19, 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Wellesley Centers for Women - Cheever House, 828 Washington Street (Routh 16), Wellesley, MA

    Wellesley Centers for Women invites you to their Lunchtime Seminar Series Spring 2018 

    "Prosecution of Sexual Assault: How Far Have We Come in 40 Years?" featuring Linda M. Williams, Ph.D., with Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Team Members

    Bring friends, colleagues, and your lunch. Enjoy tea and coffee on us. This event is free and open to the public.

    Schedule is subject to change. Please call 781-283-2500 or visit our website to confirm the schedule, review program descriptions, and or driving directions

    For accessibility questions, contact Disability Services at Wellesley College: disabilityservices@wellesley.edu or 781-283-2434

    • Thursday, April 26, 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Wellesley Centers for Women - Cheever House, 828 Washington Street (Route 16), Wellesley, MA

    Wellesley Centers for Women invites you to their Lunchtime Seminar Series Spring 2018 

    "Exploring the Impact of Gratitude Practices in Teacher Wellbeing" with Jim Strouse, M.Ed.

    Bring friends, colleagues, and your lunch. Enjoy tea and coffee on us. This event is free and open to the public.

    Schedule is subject to change. Please call 781-283-2500 or visit our website to confirm the schedule, review program descriptions, and or driving directions

    For accessibility questions, contact Disability Services at Wellesley College: disabilityservices@wellesley.edu or 781-283-2434

    • Friday, April 27, 2018
    • TBA

    Save the date! Stay tuned for details. 

    For more information go to www.respondinc.org

    • Saturday, April 28, 2018
    • Royal Sonesta Hotel, Cambridge, MA

    Preparations are well underway for our MAPS 2018 Awards Gala, which will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the beautiful Royal Sonesta Hotel, in Cambridge.

    Our 2018 Gala will be a wonderful evening of celebration of our communities’ cultures, success and diversity.

    In addition to a glamorous red-carpet reception, an exciting silent auction, a sumptuous banquet, and lively and multicultural entertainment, the MAPS 2018 Awards Gala will honor five outstanding individuals for their contributions to our communities. We can’t wait to announce their names and have you join us as we celebrate their stories and their outstanding contributions.

    Please save the date – it will be an exciting, lively and colorful event!

    MAPS 2018 Award Recipients:

    Dr. Lorenco Garcia , Principle of Revere High School

    Osvalda Rodrigues, Former MAPS Program Director

    Fernando Castro, Owner of Income Tax Plus, Inc.

    Regina Rodrigues, MAPS Volunteers

    MAPS Person of the Year 2018: To be announced soon!

    Find out more here!

    • Tuesday, May 01, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center, 1657 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA, 01701

    Join us for our 8th annual multidisciplinary conference for a full day of learning, professional development, and networking with colleagues from across the state! The conference will also feature a full day of breakout workshops.

    Keynote Speakers:

    • Mary Mazzio, Writer/Director/Producer "I AM JANE DOE"
    • Jessica Sotto, Associate Ropes & Gray, Featured in the 
    Register by 11:59pm on March 31st to get the "early bird" rate of $150 per person! On April 1st, the registration fee will go up to $175 per person.
    Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Social Work, Licensed Mental Health Counseling (LMHC), and Nursing may be purchased for an additional $25 per person.
    • Thursday, May 03, 2018
    • 7:45 AM - 9:15 AM
    • Boston College Club, 100 Federal Street, Boston

      Join us for the 2nd Annual Breakfast to benefit Jane Doe Inc.

    Presenting the Justice in Action Awards to:

    Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Councilor-At-Large

    Throughout her life and since joining the Boston City Council in 2010, Councilor Pressley has been a stalwart and visionary leader working to advance opportunities for women and girls, build healthy communities, and break cycles of poverty, violence, and trauma.

    Domestic & Sexual Violence Council

    Over the years, the Domestic and Sexual Violence Council has been a strong and consistent voice for policies and practices that ensure the rights of victims and survivors and further accountability for those who offend. Whether through direct representation, amicus briefs, legislative advocacy, or trainings, members of the DSVC have demonstrated a tireless commitment to supporting survivors and being an ally to end gender-based violence.


    Diamond Sponsor:   

    Platinum Sponsors:
    Partners Health Care, Mintz Levin, The TJX Foundation, Verizon

    Bronze Sponsors:
    Foley Hoag LLP, The Rendon Group

    CSI Boston, The Delahunt Group, Fenway Health, The Karol Group, South Middlesex Opportunity Council

    Are you ready to Spring into Action?

    Sponsorships start at $2500.
    Individual tickets $250, $500 and $1000.

    • Sponsorship Opportunities (PDF) (Word)
    • Sponsorship Response Form (PDF) (Word)

    For more information on how you can be part of the action, contact JDI's Director of Communication and Development Toni Troop at ttroop@janedoe.org or 617-557-1807.

    • Thursday, May 03, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    • Steaming Tender Restaurant, 28 Depot Street, Palmer, MA 01069

    • Thursday, May 03, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Granite Links Golf Club, Quincy MA

    Join Us for the 8th Annual 

    Divas Dance for DOVE!

    "The Ultimate Girls' Night Out"

    Get ready to dance the night away as we celebrate our 8th annual Divas Dance! The legendary Susan Wornick will join us once again as our emcee. Guests will enjoy a cocktail hour, appetizers, raffle, and of course lots of dancing! 

    All funds raised from Divas Dance will go towards supporting DOVE's critical programs and services for victims of domestic violence in the communities we serve.

    For further information please contact Dawn Hayes, Director of Development & Communications, at 617-770-4065 ext. 109 or email dawn.hayes@dovema.org.

    • Friday, May 04, 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Wellesley Centers for Women - Cheever House, 828 Washington Street (Route 16), Wellesley, MA

    Wellesley Centers for Women invites you to their Lunchtime Seminar Series Spring 2018 

    "Unfinished Business: Old Challenges in New Law Reform on Child Marriage" with Rangita de Silva de Alwis, S.J.D.

    Bring friends, colleagues, and your lunch. Enjoy tea and coffee on us. This event is free and open to the public.

    Schedule is subject to change. Please call 781-283-2500 or visit our website to confirm the schedule, review program descriptions, and or driving directions

    For accessibility questions, contact Disability Services at Wellesley College: disabilityservices@wellesley.edu or 781-283-2434

    • Wednesday, May 09, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Revere Hotel Boston Common

    Celebrate the courage of survivor mothers and the resilience of  the families they nurture with Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley and Reverend Liz Walker at Casa Myrna's premier annual event.

    Get tickets here!

    • Saturday, May 12, 2018
    • 10:30 AM
    • Salem Common

    Love should not hurt. That is why HAWC is dedicated to providing comprehensive domestic violence services to our community. 


    Make sure you mark May 12 in your calendar as the 

    Walk for HAWC! We are excited to hold our largest fundraiser and awareness raising event once again this year. 

    Join hundreds of your fellow community members,

     and show your commitment to ending abuse.

    Saturday, May 12, 2018 
    Registration: 10:30

    Walk kicks off at noon! 

    Complimentary lunch donated by 

    Registration is now open! Start fundraising now, 

    and help us reach our $100,000 goal.

     Learn more or register today!

    HAWC | 27 Congress St., Salem, MA 01970 | 978.744.8552 | walk@hawcdv.org | hawcdv.org/walk