JDI Public Calendar

Upcoming events

    • Thursday, March 23, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Metro Credit Union, 1071 Massachusetts Avenue

    Join Casa Myrna, Metro Credit Union, and Newmarket Business Association to celebrate Boston’s business and community leaders for their contributions to the movement to end domestic violence. Casa Myrna’s premier annual event recognizing our essential entrepreneur and policymaker partners includes a networking reception and an awards ceremony featuring inspiring remarks by key local leaders, including 2017 honoree José Massó, host of WBUR’s ¡Con Salsa! since 1975. This year’s event also includes a special celebration of Casa Myrna’s milestone 40th anniversary. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

    The celebration won’t be complete without you. If you have any questions, please contact Leela Strong, Director of Development, at dev@casamyrna.org.

    Individual tickets are $50 each and must be purchased through Eventbrite (here).

    • Friday, March 24, 2017
    • Friday, April 14, 2017
    • Newton-Wellesley Hospital
    The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program at Newton-Wellesley Hospital will holding a series of expressive arts therapy workshops for survivors from 1-2:30pm on March 24, March 31, April 7, and April 14.

    These will happen on a drop in/drop out basis so once the participant is screened in they may choose to attend as many workshops as they wish. The workshops are free of charge and no previous experience with expressive arts therapy or art in general is necessary. All materials will be provided.

    For more information and/or to register, feel free to call (617) 243-6521 or email gnunez-santiago@partners.org.

    Event flyer: DVSA_ExpressiveArts.pdf

    • Friday, March 24, 2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • 18 Newton Street Brockton, MA 02301

    Join Family and Community Resources, Inc. for this year's White Ribbon Day Breakfast! There will be a WRD Proclamation, pledge-signing, and breakfast.

    Anyone is welcome to attend.

    Please contact Sarah Walachy at sarah.walachy@fcr-ma.org for event details.

    • Wednesday, March 29, 2017
    • Quinsigamond Community College

    YWCA Central MA DV committee members and WRD Ambassadors Rob Rentsh and Tony Pellegrini will host a flag raising at Quinsigamond Community College. 

    For more information, please contact:

    Craig Mortley 

    Community Based Services Advocate  
    YWCA Central Massachusetts
    Administrative office: 1 Salem Square,  Worcester, MA 01608
    Leominster office: 54 Main Street Suite 001, Leominster, MA 01453

    • Thursday, March 30, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • YWCA Haverhill, 107 Winter Street, Haverhill MA

    Men and women from the greater Haverhill area are invited to join us to take the pledge to end violence against women and all gender-based violence. Breakfast will be provided and speakers from the community will share their stories of changing the culture of masculinity one day at a time.

    RSVP by phone to Renee McGuire at (978) 374-6121 ext 13 or by email at rmcguire@ywcahaverhill.org or Andy Polanco at andyhcvc@gmail.com.

    • Thursday, March 30, 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Greenfield Community College Dining Commons: Main Campus, One College Drive, Greenfield

    The Friends of NELCWIT Present:

    The 10th Annual Power of Women Celebration!

    Featuring: Gallery Walk on the History of NELCWIT, Co-op Jazz, Buffet Dinner, Cash Bar, Silent Auction, and Music by the Amandla Chorus featuring "Malala," in tribute to Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. 

    RSVP by Wednesday, March 15th! 

    Space is limited. Reserve early online at 10thpowerofwomen.splashthat.com or 413.772.0871 Ext. 118 or specialevents@nelcwit.org 

    POW-Save the Date Flyer2017.pdf

    2017 POW-Join Us Invitation.pdf

    • Friday, March 31, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cape Cod Community Media Center, 17 Shad Hole Road, Dennisport, MA 02639

    In recognition of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM), Independence House is sponsoring the “Let Your Voice Be Heard” music contest. The contest is open from Feb 1 to Mar 31.

    Contest details and contact information: http://independencehouse.org/event/let-your-voice-be-heard/

    • Sunday, April 02, 2017
    • Saturday, April 08, 2017
    • Check event details

    The National Crime Victims' Rights Week is an annual campaign designed to raise awareness of victims' rights and services, highlighting local programs, celebrating progress achieved, and honoring victims and the professionals who serve them. This year's theme --Strength, Resilience, Justice-- reflects a vision in the future in which all victims are strengthened by the response they receive, organizations are resilient in response to challenges, and communities are able to seek collective justice and healing.

    • On Monday, April 3rd, at 5:00 pm, we welcome the Brazilian community for an event at the Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & Islands, 372 North Street in Hyannis. The public is invited.
    • On Tuesday, April 4th, at 9:30 am, we meet with Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School students.
    • On Wednesday, April 5th, at 1:00 pm, we welcome the senior community at the Sandwich Council on Aging, 270 Quaker Meeting House Road in East Sandwich. The public is invited.
    • On Thursday, April 6th, at 10:00 am, the week will conclude by meeting with students of Nauset Regional High School.

    Representatives from the Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office, Independence House, and local Police Departments will be speaking at these events. If you would like to receive information such as flyers and brochures to distribute in your community, please contact Chris Morin at ChrisM@indhouse.net or call 508-771-6507 x230.

    • Wednesday, April 05, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • MA State House

    It's that time again! With everything that is happening at a national level it is more important than ever that immigrant voices are heard at the state level. This year MIRA will be focusing on the Safe Communities Act, a bill to protect the civil liberties of ALL Massachusetts residents and making sure that our legislators stand against the anti-immigrant policies coming out of the White House. 

    Please register online here:

    If you'd like to be involved in planning the event please come join us NEXT TUESDAY, MARCH 7TH @ 6PM in the MIRA offices. 

    • Friday, April 07, 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Greenfield Town Common, Greenfield, MA

    Please join us for a child-friendly celebration & flag raising event in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month

    Comments by:
    Mayor William Martin
    District Attorney David E. Sullivan
    Children's Advocacy Center
    Department of Children and Families

    Songs by Children of the Federal Street School

    Hosted by the Children's Advocacy Center & The Mayor's Task Force on Domestic Violence

    In collaboration with DCF, NELCWIT, & The Northwestern District Attorney's Office

    Information on local resources available!

    Event details: 2017 Flag Raising Flyer_020817.pdf

    • Saturday, April 08, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • BOSTON, MA US 02467

    ATASK is once again hosting the 3rd Annual Community 5K
    that brings together non-profit organizations serving the
    diverse Asian population in Greater Boston.  

    Run or walk around the beautiful Chestnut Hill Reservoir
    with friends and family to show your support for non-profit
    organizations. Registration is now open. Sign up here!  

    ATASK is still looking for volunteers to help. Visit the volunteer section of their website for more details on the opportunities that will ensure a successful event. 

    Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the Community 5K. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please email ataskc5k@gmail.com. 

    Lastly, we invite you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.   

    We hope to see you there!

    • Tuesday, April 11, 2017
    • Wednesday, April 12, 2017
    • Cape Cod Community College

    Independence House, in collaboration with The Clothesline Project, The Cape and Islands Enough Abuse Campaign and Cape Cod Community College, is scheduled to present a series of events in April to commemorate Sexual Assault Awareness Month. 

    On April 11th-12th, from 11:00 am through 5:00 pm each day, the entire Cape Cod collection of The Clothesline Project will be on display in the Quad at Cape Cod Community College. The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to violence against women. Each t-shirt is created and designed to represent a particular person's experience as a survivor or by someone who cares about the survivor or victim of domestic or sexual violence. 

    On April 11th at the College, a showing of the movie "Spotlight" will take place from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the Tilden Arts Center. On April 12th, the movie "It's Not Just Jenna" will be shown from 2:30 pm-4:30 pm in Lecture Hall A and is sponsored by the Cape and Islands Enough Abuse Campaign. 

    Additional events are being held in Provincetown earlier in the month.  On April 7th from 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, Independence House will be the featured organization at the Writer's Voice Cafe's monthly workshop held at the Provincetown Library.  Discussion will also include The Clothesline Project and participants will have the opportunity to create their own t-shirt.  On April 8th at the Provincetown Library from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, the Cape and Islands Enough Abuse Campaign will host the movie "Spotlight," followed by discussion and refreshments. 

    The public is invited to attend all events throughout the month of April. If you are a group or organization that would like to either host The Clothesline Project or learn more about the Cape and Islands Enough Abuse Campaign, please contact Chris Morin at chrism@indhouse.net or call 508-771-6507 x230.


    • Wednesday, April 19, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Westborough High School: 90 West Main Street, Westborough, MA 01581

    In honor of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Wayside Trauma Intervention Services is collaborating with Westborough High School to organize a 4K run/walk. It is a family friendly event with local food trucks, and music by 8:15 Entertainment! We also encourage all gentlemen to participate in the White Ribbon Campaign to take the pledge to end violence against women. You can find out more about this global initiative at http://www.whiteribbon.ca/

    The event will be held at the Westborough High School outdoor track starting at 5:30pm. Admission prices for adults will be $5, Westboro High School students with ID will be $3, and children under 10 will be FREE. All proceeds will benefit survivors of sexual and domestic violence!

    Register here:

    • Thursday, April 20, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • China Pearl Restaurant, 9 Tyler St. Boston, MA 02111

    Join The Network/La Red for... 

    A night of celebration of survival//Una celebración de supervivencia

    Dinner . Performance . Music . Dancing

    Cena . Arte Dramático . Música . Baile

    Reserve tickets//Compre sus boletos:

    For more information // Para más información:
    857.310.5023 grassrootsfund@tnlr.org

    • Saturday, April 29, 2017
    • 5:30 PM
    • Royal Sonesta Boston Hotel: 40 Edwin H Land Boulevard, Cambridge, MA

    Please join the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers for their 2017 Awards Gala!

    Red carpet arrival, black tie optional. There will be a cocktail reception, banquet, awards ceremony, auction, entertainment, and dancing! 

    Gala seating is $100 per person to support MAPS Programs & Services.

    Make your reservations now – Seating is limited

    RSVP Deadline Friday, April 14th

    For Reservations questions, please call 617-864-7600 or email Lucinda Morais at lmorais@maps-inc.org

    RSVP and event details here: http://www.maps-inc.org/events/annual-gala/2017-gala/

    • Tuesday, May 02, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center: 1657 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01701

    Registration opens March 1st. Register by April 4th for the early bird rate!


    Keynote Speaker and One With Courage Award recipient, Kayla  Harrison

    Plenary Speaker and One With Courage Award recipient, Kevin Mulcahy

    Workshops on: child victims with disabilities, social media and child abuse crimes, responding to and interviewing commercial sexually exploited children, research on CACs, children with problematic sexual behaviors, and more.

    Visit www.machildrensalliance.org for more information, or register here: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07edqrw3v1c376153d&llr=ncbrezcab

    • Friday, May 05, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Thorny Lee Golf Club, Brockton, MA 02301

    Join Family and Community Resources, Inc. as we celebrate women who are making a positive impact in the community!

    There will be Mexican food and drinks, a silent auction, and more!

    For more information please call: 508-583-6498

    • Saturday, May 06, 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • North American Indian Center of Boston 105 South Huntington Avenue Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

    The North American Indian Center of Boston’s (NAICOB) Circles of Support Women’s Program will be hosting Doors Unhinged: An Exhibition of Untold Native Women's Stories. This gala will draw attention to the violence perpetrated against Native women and the hundreds of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women across the U.S. and Canada. In addition, this event will raise funds to support NAICOB and the Circles of Support program. 

    Tickets for this event are $100.00 person and guests will enjoy light refreshments, live performances by Native American musicians and dancers, and an exhibition/live auction of doors that share the stories of Native women who have experienced domestic violence. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the building and view each artist’s door. 

    For Doors Unhinged: An Exhibition of Untold Native Women's Stories, a door symbolizes opening and closing, allowing the transition from one place to another. For one survivor, a door might represent leaving  an abusive situation and opening the door to a new life. For another individual, a swinging door might represent leaving an abusive space and entering another abusive space. A door could represent boundaries that a woman has created to protect her body as well as her heart. There are many different meanings a door can hold for a survivor and the ones in our exhibit are just a few. An unhinged door, gives the perception of what once could close and confine,  but now has the ability to allow things to flow freely and unhindered.

    If you are unable to attend our gala but would like to donate to Circles of Support, please feel free to contact Sonya Isaac, Circles of Support Director, sisaac@naicob.org or 617-232-0343

    • Wednesday, May 10, 2017
    • 6:30 PM
    • Seaport Hotel Boston

    Join My Life My Choice for their 7th Annual Turn on the Light Benefit. There will be a silent auction, light dinner, cocktails, and dancing. Don't miss out on this gathering of Boston’s most influential leaders, business heads, change-makers and community members committed to ending the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

    Honoring 2017 Beacon of Light award recipients:
    John Montgomery, Former Managing Partner of Ropes & Gray
    Nacole S. and Kubiiki Pride, Activist Mothers of Expolited Children

    For tickets, please visit:

    • Friday, May 12, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Sturbridge Host Hotel


    Fifth Annual Statewide Gathering on Girls

    Friday, May 12, 2017 | 9AM - 3PM

    At the Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge, MA

    More information to come in the new year!

    • Saturday, May 13, 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Hope Central Church | 85 Seaverns Avenue | Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

    "Listen to Your Mother" aims to support
    motherhood through artistic expression, and
    through contributions to non-profit organizations
    that support families in need.  Proceeds from
    this year's production will benefit ATASK's

    In celebration of Mother's Day, "Listen to
    Your Mother" will be performed on Saturday,
    May 13th at 2pm at the Hope Central Church in
    Jamaica Plain.  It is a live production that takes
    the audience on a journey that celebrates and
    validates mothering by giving voice to
    motherhood -- in all of its complexity, diversity
    and humor.  Original readings are performed
    live on-stage by their authors.

    Come and join ATASK as all gather and share
    the stories that empower us, make us laugh,
    and make us cry.  We look forward to sharing
    some amazing stories about motherhood with
    you.  Tickets will be available at a later date.


    • Sunday, May 14, 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Pine Banks Park, Melrose MA


    A unique way to celebrate Mothers Day, the Melrose Running Club invites you to participate in the 20th running of the Melrose Run For Women on Sunday, May 14th, 2017.

    This family event honoring mothers and children has quickly become a Melrose Mothers Day tradition drawing over 1000 women. The festivities kick off with a series of kids races followed by the main event: a 3.5 mile run/walk which winds through the scenic and peaceful Swains Pond section of the city. The race finishes up with children handing out flowers, a bounty of baked goods and coffee, music, and awards.

    Awards are given to the top finishers, the first mother and grandmother to finish, and best mother/daughter team finishers. Awards are also given to top age group finishers.

    A portion of your entry fee is donated to the Melrose Alliance Against Violence. MAAV is a domestic violence prevention and education organization in Melrose. Since the races inception in 1998 the Melrose Running Club has donated over $170,000 to MAAV.

    This race is truly a celebration of women of all ages and abilities, you won’t want to miss it. Be sure to invite your mother, your sisters, your daughters, and your friends!

    To learn more, visit: http://mrfw.melroserunningclub.com/2015/

    • Monday, May 15, 2017
    • Cape Club of Sharon

    Come to the 4th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit

    Building With a Mission: The Campaign for the Elizabeth Stone House

    Register today for our third annual golf tournament and help us build a new home! 

    Event Flyer.pdf

    For more information, please email golf@elizabethstone.org

    • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    • 7:45 AM - 9:15 AM
    • Boston College Club, 100 Federal Street, Boston

    Presenting the Justice in Action Awards to:

    Yvonne Abraham, Boston Globe Columnist

    A columnist for the Metro section of the Boston Globe, Yvonne has been a clear and consistent voice that has helped inform public understanding and shape public policy to improve the responses to victims and advance efforts to prevent violence.

    Matt Fishman, Vice President of Community Health at Partners Health Care

    A veteran public health advocate, Matt has worked to strengthen communities by improving responses to victims, furthering efforts to prevent violence, and collaborating with community health centers and other community-focused organizations to make measurable progress on public health and economic opportunity.

    Are you ready to Spring into Action?

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

    For more information on how you can be part of the action, visit www.JaneDoe.org or contact Toni at ttroop@janedoe.org or 617-557-1807.

    • Thursday, June 01, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel

    Give Liberty a Hand is a fundraiser for the MIRA Coalition. All proceeds from the Gala support programs that advance rights and opportunities for immigrants and refugees.

    Co-Chairs Robert Rivers and Robert Beal

    For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact us at:
    617-350-5480 x218

    • Thursday, June 08, 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Stonehill College, Petit Auditorium

    Health Imperatives' 40th Anniversary Celebration is a unique opportunity for your company to make an impact in your own communities and to invest in your future.

    Their 70’s themed Cocktail Party will bring together over 300 influential individuals from across Southeastern Massachusetts and the Cape and Islands, and you will be in good company with other corporations, foundations, and individuals whose generosity is empowering Health Imperatives' to grow beyond measure. Health Imperatives’ sponsorships offer unique branding and promotional opportunities with high visibility and great exposure.

    For more info, please contact Collette Puleo at 508-583-3005.


    • Saturday, June 10, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Harambee Park, Dorchester MA

    The White Ribbon Pledge will be observed at 2pm.

    Fathers, Family and Friends are invited!

    This event is a collaborative project, convened by the Family Nurturing Center. It is co-sponsored by the City of Boston, Dorchester Cares and The Mass. Housing Partnership.

    Please contact Richard Claytor, at richclaytor@gmail.com, or Tara Register, at tregister@familynurturing.org, with any questions or for additional information.

    • Friday, July 14, 2017
    • Sunday, July 16, 2017
    • New Hampshire's White Mountains

    Wilderness Heals is a pledge hike that builds and engages a community of supporters to raise money for Elizabeth Stone House families and individuals. As the Stone House's largest fundraiser, Wilderness Heals raises crucial, flexible funding that helps meet the needs of those served by the Stone House - domestic violence survivors and their families.

    The three-day, all female hike covers several parts of New Hampshire's White Mountains and offers a variety of route options for hikers of all skill levels. Any woman who wants to meet the physical, emotional, and fundraising challenges of the hike is welcome to participate! 

    Register here: http://wildernessheals.elizabethstone.org/register.asp

    Questions? Contact Sam Schultz.
    Development/Operations Administrator for the Elizabeth Stone House