JDI Public Calendar

Upcoming events

    • Monday, October 22, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Friday, October 26, 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 942 West Chestnut Street, Brockton MA

    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. The training covers the psychosocial, emotional, medical, and legal aspects of sexual assault and other related issues. This course is intended to prepare trainees to provide services such as crisis intervention, counseling, accompaniment, and advocacy services to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. It is a prerequisite for anyone interested in providing direct service to clients under the Violence Intervention and Prevention programs. This training adheres to the requirements of MGL Ch233 §20J and meets the MA state requirement for all domestic violence and sexual assault advocates and allows those working with survivors of violence to maintain “privileged communication,” confidential communication between clients and providers.

    Training will be provided free of charge for all staff, volunteers and interns. For individuals who do not plan on volunteering or working for Health Imperatives after the training, the cost is $250 (payable by check or card.) Our training is offered about three times a year, typically in April, July and October.

    At Health Imperatives, we value and recognize the importance of the healing process. Because of this, we ask that individuals interested in getting involved with our training or volunteer opportunities have had at least 1 year since their last involvement with domestic or sexual violence or services. 

    IMPORTANT: To be accepted into this training, you must complete the following steps by Friday, October 12th: 

    1. Submit a Volunteer Application (or Participant Info form if not volunteering)

    2. Submit a CORI/SORI background check

    3. Schedule and attend an interview 

    Because of the nature of this work, we ask that volunteers are able to make a 1-year commitment to our program following the training. 

    You must attend each day in full to receive a certificate of completion at the end. The training will run Monday 10/22 through Friday 10/26 9:00am - 5:00pm each day.

    Topics Covered

    Welcome to Health Imperatives
    Intro to Domestic Violence
    Intro to Sexual Assault
    Safety Planning with survivors
    Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Assault
    Working with LGBTQIA+ Survivors
    Child and Adolescent Sexual Abuse
    Intro Medical Advocacy & Medical Advocacy Skills
    Mental Health and Trauma-Informed Care
    Healthy Sexuality
    Working with Immigrants and Refugees
    Suicide Prevention
    Campus Sexual Assault
    Legal Advocacy
    Privacy Rights and Confidentiality
    Self-Care for Advocates

    Volunteer Roles:

    The following is a brief overview of the roles volunteers may fill in the VIP programs at Health Imperatives:

    Medical Advocacy: Volunteers will have the opportunity to provide emotional support, information regarding legal and medical options, and referrals to survivors requesting support in of the several hospitals we respond to in Plymouth County.

    T.E.A.M. Work Peer Mentor: Serve as a peer mentor to survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault, and support the survivor's goals around housing, education, employment, financial literacy, and health & wellness.

    Childcare: Volunteers will provide trauma-informed childcare to children at Penelope’s Place shelter or at A New Day during appointments and support groups.

    Court Advocacy: Volunteers may provide administrative assistance to staff at SAFEPLAN, a program located in Brockton District Court, and serve as an on-call advocate. (Additional SAFEPLAN training required.)

    Shelter: Volunteers will provide administrative assistance to staff at our shelter, and may assist in providing non-clinical programming and activities for shelter residents.

    Outreach and Prevention: Volunteers may be involved in co-facilitating prevention workshops, run tabling events, assisting with technical elements of outreach and prevention campaigns or events

    As-needed: Volunteers support our yearly and monthly awareness-raising and fundraising efforts by providing essential support during events at college campuses and at local organizations. 

    Please contact Elissa May, Volunteer Coordinator, with any questions!
    Emay@healthimperatives.org or Volunteer@healthimperatives.org
    508-583-3005 ext. 1005

    • Tuesday, October 23, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • 7 Temple St, Cambridge

    Citywide Domestic Violence Training

    This is a free training where lunch will also be provided

    (vegetarian options included). This training will review

    types of abuse, working with survivors, tips for safety

    planning, and give people a chance to connect with

    other resources in the community.

    Please RSVP to Kara Blue at kblue@transitionhouse.org.

    • Tuesday, October 23, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Ashland High School Auditorium, 65 E Union St, Ashland, MA 01721

    Character performances will address sexual assault and consent, dating violence and domestic violence, objectification and sexual harassment, followed by a round table panel. 

    Covering the basics of empowerment with special emphasis on sexual violence, consent, harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, objectification, gender, and socialization.

    • Wednesday, October 24, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • The Holiday Inn Express, Westgate Mall, Brockton, MA

    Click image above to view large flyer. 

    Transcript of information: 

    Save the Date! 

    Join Family & Community Resources, Inc. 
    October 24, 2018 from 1:00 - 2:30 PM 
    Panel Moderator, Kim Carrigan 
    Host of Boston's Morning Show on WRKO 680AM


    The Holiday Inn Express
    Westgate Mall
    Brockton, MA 

    Join Family & Community Resources during Domestic Violence Awareness Month to learn about the impact of domestic violence in the workplace and how both Employers and their Employees can navigate the challenges, the law and create a culture of support within the company. 

    For more information contact Linda Siegel-Croker at 508-583-6498 or register to attend now at panel.event@fcr-ma.org

    • Wednesday, October 24, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • 10 Asylum St, Milford Ma
    Domestic Violence Awareness Month Film Screening Event

    "Girl on a Train" starring Emily Blunt

    DV movie night 2018 flyer final.pdf

    Brought to you by:

    Wayside Youth and Family, Trauma Intervention Team

    Along with food and beverages, the event will include: 

    A tribute to victims of Domestic Violence Survivor's Testimony for those who have experienced, witnessed, and lost due to domestic violence

    *Rate: R, no one under 17 will be admitted, no child care will be provided.

    • Thursday, October 25, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • 500 Broadway, Chelsea MA

    Escape: A true story of survival, recovery and transformation

    A One-Woman Show written and performed by Lyzz Zinn, Berklee College of Music Student

    Run-time 60 minutes followed by a light lunch and discussion

    • Thursday, October 25, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • 158 Blue Hills Pkwy, Milton, MA 02186

    Milton Domestic Violence Prayer Vigil

    In Memory of Loved Ones Taken by Domestic Violence and in Honor of Those who Survive Domestic Abuse

    Contact: (617) 698-8583

    For more details, download the flyer:  Milton Prayer Vigil Flyer 10-25-18.docx

    • Thursday, October 25, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 117 Newbury St., Boston, MA

    This immersive experience will teach you about the dangers and warning signs, legal support in the Commonwealth, hear stories of survival and take simple actions to help better support your friends, family and women who may be experiencing domestic abuse. This event is free, and non-members- including men- are welcome to attend. For more information and to register please click the link below, 


    • Friday, October 26, 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 1046 Cambridge St, Cambridge MA

    The Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) is marking this year’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) with a series of events, including a Photo Exhibit titled “Looking Within” on October 26, 2018, at 5pm at the health and social services organization’s Cambridge office, located on 1046 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA.

    The photo exhibit will feature several photographs taken by the women of the MAPS Support Group for victims of Domestic Violence, and will highlight their journeys from victims to survivors. The event, which will be open to the community, will also include a cocktail reception and a small arts and crafts sale, the first step in creating a women’s co-op that will help the women of the group achieve financial empowerment.

    • Friday, October 26, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Home.Stead Bakery + Cafe, 1448 Dorchester Ave. Dorchestr, MA
    UNMASKED: An Open Mic by survivors and community members
    impacted by domestic violence.

    Share Your:

    • spoken word
    • poetry
    • songs

    If interested in sharing your words with other survivors and community members, please email SLChealing@gmail.com to RSVP or call Jo-Anne at 617-667-5633.

    Download the flyer Open Mic 2018.pdf

    Home.Stead Bakery + Cafe

    1448 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester MA

    • Saturday, October 27, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Restoration Community Church, 758 Crescent St, Brockton MA

    For more information and to register email mailto:info@lovelifenow.org 

    • Saturday, October 27, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Marriott Boston Downtown 275 Tremont St. Boston

    Now in its 25th year,  the Silk Road Gala is the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence's (ATASK) biggest yearly benefit in support of our essential programs and services.

    Join us for a special evening of food and festivities as we celebrate our Community Heroes and experience the sights and sounds of Asia. 

    The evening begins with a reception featuring appetizers, drinks, silent auction and live music.  

    Our program includes Keynote Speaker Bill Cummings,share his insight on entrepreneurship and philanthropy, and a survivor who will share a powerful story about her journey to independence. 

    Guests will then "travel" to different regions of Asia, where they will enter a temple, listen to an Indonesian Gamelan Ensemble, visit food stations, wander around a Southeast Asian market place, and much more!

    For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: https://501auctions.com/atasksilkroadgala 

    • Sunday, October 28, 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School, 360 Lynn Fells Pkwy, Melrose MA

    All of us at MAAV are hard at work planning our 23rd Annual Walk Against Violence and Candlelight Vigil. This event, which serves as MAAV’s largest annual fundraiser, will be held on Sunday, October 28th at 4:00 p.m. at the Melrose Veteran’s Memorial Middle School. 

    For more information on how to form a team, visit: 


    • Tuesday, October 30, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • 10 Putnam Street, Roxbury MA

    In this moving and important book, The Penalty for Success: My Father was Lynched in Lowndes County, Alabama, the author tells the story of her father's murder and the impact this tragedy had on her family and community. Join us to hear the author read from her book and discuss her family's story. 

    Event is free and dinner will be served, all are welcome. 

    • Tuesday, October 30, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • MAPS Cambridge Office 1046 Cambridge St., Cambridge MA
    • Thursday, November 01, 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • Friday, November 02, 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • Emerge Main Office 2464 Massachusetts Ave, Suite 101 Cambridge, MA 02140

    Who should attend?

    This training is designed for people who have experience leading abuse education groups. At this training, participants will grapple with the complexities of group leadership, learn new skills and interventions, and tackle cutting edge issues in the overall field of abuse education.

    The advanced training uses videos of live group sessions at Emerge.

     Topics include:

    • Broadening the role of abuser education programs as resources in the community
    • 14 ways to enhance client engagement and accountability
    • Cultural adaptation of engagement and accountability strategies to particular populations of abusers
    • Examining the strengths, weaknesses, and compatibility of nine group leader styles
    • Challenging cases encountered when working with abusers
    • Building parenting awareness for abusers
    • Heterosexual women who use force
    • Responding to difficult questions from clients
    • Risk assessment and management

    This training would be beneficial to those who use any model for intimate partner abuse education.


    Course tuition is $200 per person. 

    For further information, contact Ted German at 617-547-9879 orted.german@emergedv.com.

    Register here.

    • Saturday, November 03, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Raffael's at South Shore Country Club

    For Sponsorship Opportunities or more information, please contact 617.803.8357 | info@lovelifenow.org

    To purchase tickets, visit: http://lovelifenow.org/fashionshow/

    • Sunday, November 04, 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 131 Cambridge St, Boston, MA

    Safe Havens 2018 IMPACT Award

    Individuals and Institutions Making Progress against Abuse in Communities Together

    Safe Havens is thrilled to celebrate three honorees who have helped further understanding and prevention of domestic violence and elder abuse:

    Elsa Bengel, Former Safe Havens Board Member and Past Chair
    Journey to Safetythe JF&CS Response to Domestic Violence
    Parkway United Methodist Church, Milton, MA

    * * * * * * * * *
    We hope you will join Safe Havens as we honor these allies who have put faith into action and made an 
    IMPACT in our communities. Invitations are forthcoming and sponsorships are available! To be sure you receive your invitation or for more information, please contact Safe Havens via email or at 617.951.3980.

    • Friday, November 09, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Boston Renaissance Waterfront Hotel, 606 Congress Street, Boston, MA

    Champions for Change Gala and Auction

    Friday, November 9, 2018 at 6:00 PM 

    Boston Renaissance Waterfront Hotel
    606 Congress Street
    Boston, MA

    CLICK HERE to learn more. 

    • Monday, November 12, 2018
    • 5:30 PM
    • Ludlow Country Club, 1 Tony Lema Dr, Ludlow, MA 01056

    The ZONTA CLUB OF QUABOAG VALLEY Invites you to its 2018 Founder’s Day Presentation recognizing Monica Moran of Amherst, manager of Domestic Violence Prevention Programs at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission in Springfield, Massachusetts. Ms. Moran coordinates two rural domestic violence task forces in Western Massachusetts, the Southern Hilltown Domestic Violence Task Force and the Ware River Valley Domestic Violence Task Force.

    For more information, see flyer PressRelease_2018 Founders Day Award.pdf

    RSVP by November 6, 2018 as follows:
    (1) Click the link to register online https://squareup.com/store/zontaqv
    (2) Send a check ($20/pp) with names of all attendees to Mary F. Knight, PO Box 1034, Belchertown MA 01007-1034, or
    (3) Email info@zontaqv.org with names of all attendees and pay $20/pp at the door – cash, check or credit card. (Note: Specify any dietary restrictions by emailing name/details to info@zontaqv.org.

    • Wednesday, November 14, 2018
    • Friday, November 16, 2018
    • St. Pete Beach, Florida

    Join WOCN for the Fourth National Call to Action Summit and Conference in Florida!

    November 14-16, 2018

    Reserve your seat here.

    • Friday, November 16, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

    Keynote Speaker:  Tarana Burke

    Founder of the #MeToo movement

    Check back in a few days for information on registration and ticket sales! 


    • Monday, December 03, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Family Justice Center, 989 Commonwealth Ave., Boston MA 02215

    Sustaining Yourself through the Holidays: A Self-Care Workshop

    December 3, 2018, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

    The holidays can be a challenging time of year for anyone, and sometimes especially for survivors of sexual violence. Busyness, travel, interrupted routines, being around family (or not), being separated from regular support systems; it can all add up. In the midst of all this, you—survivors, significant others, and advocates—may find 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 and community members involved in the movement to end sexual violence and support survivors—while also learning skills to be your best self. A few members of our Survivors Speakers Bureau will join us to share their stories and thoughts about self-care.  We’ll also practice some self-care through a crafting activity!

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

    • Friday, December 14, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center (14 Mechanic St, Southbridge, MA 0155)
    • 108

    #ReimagineManhood Symposium

    WHEN: Friday, December 14

    TIME: 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM

    (Registration begins 8:00 am)

    WHERE: Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center

    14 Mechanic St, Southbridge, MA 0155

    Keynote Speaker:

    Tony Porter is an author, educator and activist working to advance social justice issues and Chief Executive Officer of A CALL TO MEN.  Porter is internationally recognized for his efforts to prevent violence against women while promoting a healthy, respectful manhood.  He is a leading voice on male socialization, the intersection of masculinity and violence against women, and healthy, respectful manhood.  Porter’s 2010 TED Talk has been named by GQ Magazine  as one of the “Top 10 TED Talks Every Man Should See.”  

    Porter is an adviser to the National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, Major League Soccer and Major League Baseball, providing policy consultation, working extensively with player engagement, and facilitating violence prevention and healthy manhood training.  He is an international lecturer for the U.S. State Department, having extensive global experience including Brazil, India and Africa, and has been a guest presenter to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.  Porter has worked with the United States Military Academy at West Point and the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.  

    He is sought after for his in-depth understanding of the collective socialization of men, and has served as a script consultant for the Emmy Award-winning television series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”  Porter is the author of “Breaking Out of the Man Box” and the visionary for “NFL Dads: Dedicated to Daughters.”  

    The Symposium:

    Gender-based violence is NOT a women's issue. Sexual violence is NOT about women vs. men.  Years of attitudes and beliefs rooted in patriarchy like "boys will be boys" are NOT only dangerous to all of us but they create a culture of misogyny.  The solution to ending sexual violence and rape culture requires that men and boys be actively involved in promoting gender equity, racial justice, and healthy masculinity.  Too often the focus is on teaching women and girls, trans and queer people how not to get raped, rather than teaching perpetrators not to rape and changing the culture that fosters violence in the first place.  

    Join us as we build upon last year's #ReimagineManhood Prevention Summit.  The timeliness of engaging men and boys in cities and towns, schools and workplaces across MA to address sexual violence cannot be overstated.



    Download flyer to share with your colleagues, classmates
    and friends! [PDFWORD]

    Interested in attending #ReimagineManhood? 


    • FREE for staff at JDI member programs, MA RPE funded programs, and high school/ college/ university students
    • $55 per person for staff at allied organizations
    • Each person must register individually. There is no group registration or group discounts.
    • On- site registration is available at $60. No cash please. Only checks and credit/ debit cards.

    A few important notes about registration:

    1. Space is limited. Registration is REQUIRED. If necessary, JDI may create a waiting list.
    2. No refunds will be issued.
    3. If you are unable to attend, please notify JDI at dmancera@janedoe.org at least 48 hours in advance of the program date.


    Food will be served.  If you have any dietary restrictions or accessibility needs, please contact Jane Doe Inc. at ph: 617-557-1806, fax: 617-248-0902, email: dmancera@janedoe.orgby November 16, 2017.  In your message, please provide your contact information and accommodation request. 


    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. 

    • Monday, April 08, 2019
    • Thursday, April 11, 2019
    • Sheraton Hotel, Dallas, Texas

    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 will host numerous trainings regarding domestic violence, human trafficking, tribal crimes, etc., all from the perspectives of law enforcement, prosecutors, advocates, and survivors. 

    For more information about the conference, please visit www.conferencecaw.org

    Additionally, scholarships are available to attend -- apply here.

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