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  • Title: Jane Doe Inc. | Home
    Descriptive info: .. Find Help.. What to expect when you call a program.. For Victims and Survivors of Sexual Violence.. Things to know about offenders.. Immediate Steps After a Sexual Assault.. For Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence.. For Victims and Survivors of Stalking.. Concerned about someone you know?.. For LGBQ/T.. For Immigrants.. For Teens.. For Elders.. For People with Disabilities.. For Batterers and Sex Offenders.. For Children Exposed to Battering.. Economic Abuse.. Mass Legal Help.. Restraining Orders.. 209A Abuse Protection Order.. 258E Harassment Prevention Orders.. Services and Program Glossary.. Technology Safety.. Things to Know.. Learn More.. Facts and Stats.. Massachusetts Snapshot.. National Facts about Sexual and Domestic Violence.. Domestic Violence Census.. MA Domestic Violence Homicides.. Research and Studies.. Massachusetts Data Sources.. What is Violence Against Women?.. What is Sexual Violence?.. Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault.. Sexual Violence Terms and Definitions.. What is Domestic Violence?.. Warning Signs of Domestic Violence.. What is Stalking?.. Web Resources.. Publications.. Media Center.. Press Releases.. Who We Are.. Executive Director Letter.. Leadership.. Financials & Annual Reports.. JDI's Members.. Member Organizing.. Core Values.. Statement of Unity.. Membership Benefits and Criteria.. Contact Us.. What We Do.. Movement Building, Networking and Support.. Economic Empowerment.. Education and Public Awareness.. Prevention and Social Change.. Prevention Models.. Public Policy Advocacy.. Work in Progress.. How You Can Help.. Donate Needed Items.. Cell Phone Drives.. Cell Phone Drive FAQ.. Take Action.. Volunteer.. Internship Opportunities.. Job Opportunities.. Calendar of Events.. What's Happening.. JDI Events.. Building a Safer World November 2013.. Policy Action.. JDI In the News.. Donate.. Friends of JDI.. Annual Fund.. Planned Giving.. Matching Gifts and Workplace Giving.. Corporations.. Events on Behalf of Jane Doe Inc.. Home.. |.. Leave This Site Quickly.. A.. Find Help Near You.. Find support.. for you, family members, and friends.. Services are free and confidential.. In Massachusetts:.. SafeLink.. 1-877-785-2020 TTY: 1-877-521-2601.. Outside Massachusetts:.. National Domestic Violence Hotline.. 800-799-SAFE (800-799-7233).. Men for Change.. JDI's Massachusetts White Ribbon Day calls on men and boys to help prevent violence against women by redefining manhood and masculinity.. This annual campaign focuses on mentorship, youth, fatherhood, and prevention.. Find Out More.. Building a Safer World.. JDI and its members work where sexual and domestic violence intersects with other anti-oppression, social justice efforts.. We focus on ways we can prevent these human rights violations and promote social and political solutions.. Read More.. Saving Embattled Services.. State funding is down as much as 23% over the past few years.. Mary Kay and members of the MK Independent Sales Force joined JDI to garner support on Beacon Hill to restore services for survivors and communities.. JDI is a coalition of 60 local member programs working together with our allies to find lasting solutions that promote the.. safety, liberty, and dignity.. for victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence.. We work for social change to help create a world free of violence and abuse.. Stories of Hope: The Women's Center.. Tina s Story from.. The Women s Center.. Tina was paroled to Artemis II from Bristol County House of Correction.. After her parole ended, she stayed in shelter and worked the program through March 2011.. Tina used the skills she had learned in the program to obtain two jobs while living in shelter, reunified with all three of her children with help from the Department of Child Family (DCF), and moved into her own apartment in the Family Preservation Program, a housing program she accessed through High Point Treatment Center.. She is currently co-facilitating an Anger Management Group at PAACA.. She continues to maintain her sobriety, volunteer in the community, and keeps in contact with us.. After leaving the program, she sent the following note to Artemis II: I want to  ...   in Rural Communities.. On September 20, 2013, advocates, survivors, business leaders, and activists from across western Massachusetts gathered for a day-long summit on Advancing the Economic Security of Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence at the Smith College Conference Center.. An active partner of the Massachusetts Rural Domestic and Sexual Violence Project through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, JDI co-sponsored the summit along with our members from Elizabeth Freeman Center, NELCWIT, and the Center for Women and Community of the University of Massachusetts.. JDI member programs Safe Passage, YWCA of Central Massachusetts, HarborCOV, and DOVE also participated.. The.. photos.. capture the postive energy for creating new collaborations and finding new solutions to address the needs of survivors in rural communities.. The story also captured the attention of the.. media.. More details are available on the.. press release.. A Blueprint for Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention.. The murder of Jennifer Martel.. is the tenth known domestic violence homicide in Massachusetts since January of this year.. Their deaths compel those of us who do this work - whether we are domestic violence advocates, law enforcement officers or prosecutors - and the general public to ask ourselves: What was missed? What could we be doing better? What changes to practice must be implemented? What else do we need to know to accurately identify high risk cases of domestic violence so that we can enhance safety for victims and accountability for offenders? How can we prevent domestic violence and domestic violence homicides?.. JDI has crafted a Blueprint for Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention based on our experience, the experience of our member programs and the victims they serve, and research.. Please.. download.. and read the entire document.. Together we can prevent these homicides.. Meet JDI's Summer 2013 Interns.. Four college students were at JDI this summer.. They learned as much as they contributed! Jackson and Cody worked with Craig Norberg-Bohm on men s engagement efforts.. Kate focused on our domestic violence homicide research project, specifically looking at attempted dv homicides in Massachusetts.. Jenny served as our social media guru - expanding our reach and presence online.. Read more about them and their reflections on their experience at JDI.. Interview with Tom Farmer.. Our Spring intern, Reina Gattuso,.. chatted with author and former reporter, Tom Farmer, who co-wrote.. A Murder in Wellesley.. with former police officer Marty Foley.. This story uncovers the details behind a domestic violence homicide in Wellesley, MA and the trial of Dirk Greineder, a prominent physician in the area, who was convicted of murdering his wife, Mabel Greineder in October of 1999.. Mr.. Farmer discusses the process of exposing this story, what he s learned about preventing domestic violence, and why this case gained so much attention.. If you d like to read the whole interview,.. click here.. We also want to thank Tom and Marty for donating a portion of the book proceeds to JDI.. Find out about local book signings and.. pick up your copy today!.. Copyright 2013 Jane Doe Inc.. Español.. Português.. 普通话.. Quicklinks.. JDI Member Login.. MA White Ribbon Campaign.. Policy.. Media.. Technology Safety.. Photo Credits.. JDI Law Firm Partner.. JDI Communications Partner.. 2013 Corporate Sponsors.. Our Affiliations.. Do not use this website if you suspect your computer is being monitored.. Website and email history may be viewable even if you delete your browser history and delete files.. Access a safe computer to use the internet.. Please note the Leave this site quickly item on the top of every page should you need to close this website quickly.. Warning!.. If you are in immediate danger, please dial 911.. 24-Hour Hotline 877-785-2020.. Close window by pressing ESC key or button below..

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  • Title: Jane Doe Inc. | Find Help
    Descriptive info: You may have a lot of questions about your health, safety, and rights.. We urge you to talk to a trained sexual or domestic violence advocate.. Research has proven that being connected to a sexual or domestic violence advocate can make a difference.. Read more to get helpful information about the following:.. Legal Issues:.. Legal issues might range from how to get a restraining order to questions about child care and custody, property damage, access to guns, etc.. Intimate Partner Sexual Violence (IPSV):.. In Massachusetts, sexual violence and rape is a crime even if the couple is married or in a relationship.. This law applies to everyone, including immigrants and refugees from other countries.. Alcohol and drugs:.. It s important to understand that being under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not an excuse for abuse.. Health Effects:.. Talking to a medical or mental health care provider can help you address any short and long term physical, emotional, and psychological health effects you re experiencing.. Statutory Rape:.. In Massachusetts, it is illegal to have sexual intercourse with a child who has not yet reached his or her sixteenth birthday.. Sexual Abuse of a Child.. : Sexual contact of any kind with a minor child is against the law.. Services are available for children, for adult survivors of sexual violence, and for non-offending parents.. Technology Concerns:.. Technology can help you find resources and reach out for help.. At the same times, perpetrators continue to find new ways to abuse, track, harass, and make contact with victims and survivors.. Learn more about safety steps you can take.. Read More Things to Know.. "I spoke out to put a face to the issue for the millions of women, men and children who suffer in silence and to say that you are not alone.. Help is available.. " ~.. Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Councilor (Photo by Christopher Mason).. Use our.. interactive service locator tool.. or download this.. map.. to find free and confidential support and services at a sexual or domestic violence program near you.. In emergency situations, please call 9-1-1.. Do any of these questions sound familiar?.. Does your current or past partner ever make you feel afraid for yourself or your children?.. Does the person you re dating make you feel guilty when you spend time with family  ...   no one deserves to be abused or assaulted.. We know that these concerns can feel overwhelming.. And we want you to know that you are not alone.. There are resources across Massachusetts and the country designed specifically for victims and survivors and those who care about them.. Research has proven time and again that trained local advocates are a major factor in both protection from and healing after abuse.. Millions of victims and their children and loved ones who have been helped by sexual and domestic violence programs are living and thriving in lives free of violence and abuse.. You may be uncomfortable sharing your experiences with someone you don t know.. We understand.. Trained advocates are there to help you, offer support, connect you with resources and respect your decisions.. Whether the violence you ve experienced happened recently or in the past, you can call a sexual or domestic violence program to get the support you need and deserve.. Advocates can help you find somebody to talk to, identify and obtain housing, legal and medical support as well as shelters, programs and other resources for you and your children.. Programs can also help family members, friends and colleagues with concerns.. Trust your instincts.. It s normal to sweep your concerns aside, hope that the fear will pass, and believe that it can t get worse.. Trust your gut.. Reach out and talk to someone about what you and your loved ones need most right now.. As a victim and/or survivor, you know your experience better than anyone else.. Trained advocates at sexual and domestic violence programs will be there with you side by side on your journey towards increased safety.. Together, you can work to get your questions and concerns answered, which can help you take steps toward peace and safety.. Your Rights.. You have the right to safety, dignity, and liberty.. You have the right not be abused physically, sexually, emotionally, or financially.. You also have the right to a police response.. You have the right to live free of fear and violence.. You don t have to be in crisis to call.. Call anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.. All services are confidential and free.. No one will force you to leave or take legal action.. Someone is always here to listen..

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  • Title: Jane Doe Inc. | What to expect when you call a program
    Descriptive info: Sexual and domestic violence programs offer free and confidential counseling and advocacy.. According to Massachusetts law, advocates at these programs are strictly prohibited from sharing information about clients without their consent with anyone, including the police, family members, doctors, teachers, and others.. In special cases where a person who cannot advocate for themselves (a child, elder or disabled adult) is being neglected or abused, providers will engage the help of special protective service programs designed to help.. These programs include Elder Protective Services, Department of Children and Families, and Disabled Persons Protection Commission.. If you have any questions or concerns about confidentiality, it s always a good idea to talk with your advocate about your rights and steps you can take to protect your privacy and confidentiality.. Local sexual and domestic violence programs provide an.. array of services.. While not every program offers the same exact thing, every program is committed to providing quality, culturally-relevant, community-based services for survivors, friends and family, and the broader community.. When you call a program, you can expect to find:.. Someone who cares and can help.. All programs have trained advocates who can talk with you about your situation, your safety, and your options.. They can also help you identify and obtain housing,  ...   whether you have to notify the police or your school.. You may have questions about moving out of state, especially if you have children in common with the person abusing you.. Advocates can help you find answers.. Advocacy services.. All programs have trained advocates to help with common concerns including: safety, health, family and children services, welfare, immigration, housing, legal issues, medical issues, and more.. Referrals to programs.. Advocates can help you find the kinds of services you or.. someone you care about.. need:.. Support groups for children, youth, and adults.. Support groups can offer a chance to meet others who have had similar experiences and is an important part of healing.. Legal advocacy.. You may have questions about restraining orders, criminal or civil matters, or how to keep your children safe.. All programs can provide assistance in obtaining a restraining order for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.. Some programs offer legal advocacy.. Some may provide legal counsel and others may work with you to find an attorney.. Crisis services.. Many programs offer 24-hour access through their hotline to services for those in crisis.. Emergency shelter.. Many programs offer temporary shelter or safe homes.. Transitional housing.. Some programs have longer term housing for victims and survivors..

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  • Title: Jane Doe Inc. | For Victims and Survivors of Sexual Violence
    Descriptive info: Need help and support?.. If you or someone you know is in need of help after sexual violence,.. contact your local sexual violence program.. (sometimes referred to as a rape crisis center).. Your local program provides free and confidential support and advocacy.. Here are several of the services they may offer to you:.. Speak with a trained rape crisis counselor 24/7 they are there to listen and offer information.. Meet you at a hospital or medical center so that you can receive medical attention and if you choose to have an evidence collection exam.. Assist you with filing for a restraining order, if you choose to do so.. Talk with you about what you can do to feel safer after an assault.. Connect you with counseling or legal services.. Your local program is there to provide you important information and resources.. It is a place for you to talk about how you feel and what you need to begin to heal.. You Are Not Alone.. You are not alone in wanting to create a safer environment for yourself, your family, and your community.. You can start by learning about the.. warning signs.. , reaching out to.. talk to someone.. , and finding out about appropriate.. intervention and educational services.. for either sexual  ...   through.. You may also feel a profound sense of violation, intrusion, shakiness, and vulnerability.. You may be afraid of how friends, family, co-workers, or your partner will respond to your experience.. You may feel self-protective and worried about whether reaching out for help will help or harm you.. Sexual violence is never the victim s fault.. Whether you experienced an assault recently or many years ago, you have the right to safety and freedom from violence.. You also have the right to support and assistance.. Immediate Steps After A Sexual Assault.. Your local rape crisis center can assist you with crisis counseling and provide helpful information about steps you can take immediately after a sexual assault.. An advocate can answer questions, provide emotional support, and try to arrange for someone to meet you at the hospital or with law enforcement.. We ve also.. prepared a short list of steps.. for you to consider to help begin your process toward safety and justice.. Help is Available.. Programs for Survivors.. Remember: you do not have to be in crisis to call.. Victim s Compensation.. provides financial assistance for specific items to eligible victims of violent crime (brochure and application are available in.. English.. and.. Spanish.. ).. Resources for perpetrators.. Help for friends or family members..

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  • Title: Jane Doe Inc. | Things to know about offenders
    Descriptive info: Safety is paramount: It is important to pay attention to the warning signs of abusive behavior.. See.. domestic violence.. sexual assault.. A trained sexual or domestic violence advocates can help you develop a safety plan that works for you.. If you are not yet ready to talk with someone, you can learn about your options to create the safety you deserve.. While written for victims of domestic violence, many of the same considerations and action steps in this.. safety plan document.. are appropriate for victims of sexual violence as well.. Change requires help: You may be hoping the person abusing you or your loved one will change.. Our experience shows that once a person begins to be abusive, the problem will not go away unless there is individual and/or community intervention.. Those who hurt someone may promise themselves and others that they will change, but they cannot learn at the expense of people they love.. You can find out more about what kinds of intervention and educational services are available and how you might share this information with the person abusing you by talking to a program that specializes in helping people who have offended.. In Massachusetts, you  ...   and mediation will not resolve violence.. As long as the violence remains a significant threat, couples and families cannot safely be treated together in counseling or through mediation.. However, once the abuser has completed the assessment and treatment process and the victim/survivor is interested or willing to engage in a process, counseling with a trained professional may help to resolve some underlying or associated issues.. Anger does not cause abuse.. Anger is a normal and healthy emotion, and it does not cause abuse.. Even though abusers can be angry at times, abuse and anger are not the same thing.. Abuse happens when an individual chooses manipulative, threatening or physically or sexually violent behavior to gain power and control over another individual.. Abusive tactics may occur without any anger evident in the abuser.. Abusers often use anger as an excuse to lay blame on victims and survivors who they may accuse of making them angry.. An anger management approach can reinforce the abusers belief that a victim needs to change behavior rather than the abuser.. That s why a general anger management program is no substitute for a specialized domestic violence offender program or a sex offender treatment program..

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  • Title: Jane Doe Inc. | Immediate Steps After a Sexual Assault
    Descriptive info: If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.. Go to a safe place.. Call someone you trust for emotional support.. Contact your nearest rape crisis center to talk to an advocate who can answer questions, provide emotional support, and try to arrange for someone to meet you at the hospital or with law enforcement.. Rape crisis centers have free and confidential hotline services 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.. Whether you have been sexually assaulted or raped recently or some time ago, you are not alone.. Please do not lose hope.. You may have concerns about your safety, pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, or telling your partner or family about the assault.. You may be having feelings of shock, fear, disbelief, recurring memories, outrage, confusion, sadness, despair, and anger.. All of your feelings are valid.. You did not deserve this, and the offender is the only person who should be blamed.. Your local rape crisis center can assist you with crisis counseling and provide helpful information on everything from your health and safety to obstaining a.. restraining order.. Immediate steps you can take to help begin the process toward safety and justice.. Contact a rape crisis center.. You will get an immediate response from a trained counselor/advocate who can talk to you about possible next steps, make sure that you re safe, and support you.. They will offer options, help you think more clearly, and provide referrals and resources based on your needs and concerns.. Advocates are there to listen, not to judge or make decisions for you.. Consider contacting police.. You can file a report and get help with safety and resources.. You have a right to make your own decision about calling the police.. Preserve evidence.. If you think you might want to report the crime to the police, do not shower or change your clothes.. This can help preserve any  ...   common for victims to decide about reporting later.. You have the right to have or refuse any portion of the exam if you choose.. In Massachusetts, many of the hospitals (although not every hospital) participates in the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program (SANE).. The SANE Response Team consists of SANEs delivering the medical/forensic component with the Rape Crisis Centers providing community-based support and advocacy.. For more information about SANE and for a list of participating SANE hospitals, visit the.. SANE website.. Get toxicology testing.. If there are indications that you might have been drugged, the hospital can offer you a toxicology test.. Some indicators include loss of memory, waking up in a strange location or with your clothing off or changed, feeling of intoxication that exceeds the amount of alcohol or other drugs that you voluntarily consumed.. Control your reproductive choices.. A hospital can provide you with options for pregnancy prevention.. You can also seek a dose of emergency contraception from a pharmacist.. This is most commonly known as Plan B.. Find more information.. If you have been sexually assaulted, you are not alone.. There are places and organizations there to help provide you with information, support, and options.. You may be able to find answers to your questions on these two sites, as well as links to resources.. surviverape.. org.. This website provides detailed information about forensics including the purpose and steps of a sexual assault exam, issues related to toxicology, pregnancy prevention, evidence collection, DNA matching systems, and crime labs procedures.. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program.. This program is part of the.. Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance.. and coordinates all aspects of the SANE program including hospital certification, training of SANE nurses, and the Adult and Pediatric SANE Program.. The website includes a list of SANE sites across Massachusetts and information about your health and safety in the aftermath of sexual violence..

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  • Title: Jane Doe Inc. | For Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence
    Descriptive info: No one deserves to be beaten, battered, threatened, or in any way victimized by violence by their intimate partners in current or former dating, married, or cohabitating relations.. Domestic violence can happen to anyone, female or male, young or old, single or married, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or income level.. Domestic violence, sometimes called battering, is.. against the law.. And you have the right to live without physical, sexual, verbal, mental, or emotional violence or the fear of such abuse.. What is domestic violence?.. It s not about a single fight or disagreement in a relationship.. Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behaviors where one partner is trying to gain power and control over the other.. These behaviors can involve:.. physical abuse or the threat of physical abuse.. repeated psychological abuse.. forced sexual activity.. isolation.. intimidation.. economic manipulation.. medical deprivation.. Warning signs.. such as jealousy, name-calling, and possessiveness are red flags for an abusive relationship.. Many victims of domestic violence report that the crazy-making behavior of psychological abuse by batterers are more devastating than the physical violence.. You may feel confused that someone you love (or once loved) is hurting you.. You may feel ashamed or guilty or wonder if anyone will believe you.. Maybe you re worried about calling the police or telling your family, friends, or co-workers.. You may have lost hope that things can change..  ...   never the victim s fault.. It is not a matter of being in a violent relationship, but rather being in a relationship with a person who is abusive.. Abusers will use as many strategies as they need to establish and maintain control.. Some victims fo domestic violence have never been battered physically.. Sometimes one threat of physical violence is enough to terrorize a person and the abuser never has to hit them again.. But this doesn t mean the violence has been resolved in the relationship or that the abuse has stopped.. The dynamics of fear and control can be long lasting.. It s also true that most people who are abusive rarely admit that they are the cause of the problem.. It s common for batterers to blame the victim for making me mad or making me jealous.. These excuses manipulate the victim and other people by shifting the burden.. Batterers also try to minimize their behavior by making false claims such as Everyone acts like that.. Most victims try to placate and please their abusive partners in order to deescalate the violence.. The batterer chooses to abuse, and bears full responsibility for the violence.. Domestic Violence Section of Mass Legal Help.. - prepared by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute.. Safety for pets - two programs in Massachusetts offer temporary foster for pets:.. Safe People * Safe Pets.. HAVEN: Human/Animal Violence Education Network..

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  • Title: Jane Doe Inc. | For Victims and Survivors of Stalking
    Descriptive info: What do you know about stalking?.. Find out how much you know.. Take this.. 10-question quiz.. When you re done, send the quiz on to 10 of your friends.. By learning more about what stalking is and is not, you can help us stop it.. Stalking is a serious crime that affects 1 out of every 12 women and 1 out of every 45 men during their lifetime.. In most cases the stalker isn t a stranger.. The stalker may be a current or former intimate partner, a friend, customer, coworker, or an acquaintance.. Some individuals use stalking as a way to try to re-establish a former intimate relationship or to feel connected to a person with whom they do not and/or cannot have a relationship.. Stalking behavior can range from very subtle behavior to extreme and outrageous acts that might sound unbelievable to those less familiar with stalking.. A stalker might engage in only one form of stalking behavior while another might engage in a wide variety of different and unpredictable stalking behaviors.. You may feel:.. You are likely living in fear that at any moment your safety or life may be threatened.. You may feel anxious, jittery, depressed, or unable to sleep through the night.. You may feel exhausted and uncertain about how you can maintain your daily life at work, at home and in your social world.. You may become isolated and realize that your life has been altered and disrupted in ways that are hard to describe.. Trust your gut and take these threats seriously.. Things you should know.. Stalking is a Crime:.. Under Massachusetts law (.. MA General Laws, Chapter 265: Section 43.. ), stalking is defined as a willful and malicious pattern of conduct that seriously alarms and would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress.. Additionally, the crime of stalking requires the perpetrator to make a threat with intent to place a person in imminent fear of death or bodily injury.. Criminal Harassment is also a crime:.. Under Massachusetts Law, criminal harassment is defined similarly to stalking, with the exception that there need to be a threat with intent placing someone in fear of death or bodily injury.. Both Criminal Harassment and Stalking laws  ...   were consensual), and maintains social contact.. Stalkers can use technology:.. While using technology to stalk does not involve physical contact, it is no less threatening than physical stalking.. Stalking via technology.. , or as it is sometimes called cyberstalking, is illegal in Massachusetts and most states.. You are likely to feel many of the same feelings as someone being stalked physically.. Stalkers who use technology may do any of the following:.. access or interfere with your computer files and/or emails.. send threatening correspondence via email.. track your activities and movement through GPS (global positioning satellite) technology.. take photo/video images without your consent and/or send those images through the internet via social networks, email, or other channels.. Address Confidentiality Program available in Massachusetts:.. If you are being stalked, you may be eligible for the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP).. The ACP serves as a confidential mail forwarding system for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.. The substitute address is used as the victim s legal residence, as well as work and/or school address.. Consequently, government records may be disclosed to the public without identifying the victim s new location.. For more information call the ACP at (617) 727-3261 or (866) SAFE-ADD.. Keep a record:.. If you can, keep a.. written log.. of all stalking behaviors.. Keep the log or notebook in a safe place, with a photo of the stalker, photocopies of restraining orders, letters or email printouts, and any other evidence of the stalking.. When deciding what information to enter in the log, keep in mind that the log might one day be used as evidence in court and/or be seen by the stalker.. You can also include any information that you think would help authorities identify or locate the stalker.. HELP IS AVAILABLE.. You do not have to be in crisis to ask for help! Contact your local domestic and sexual violence program.. A trained advocate can talk to you about safety planning, your options for obtaining a 258E Harassment Prevention Order and other available support and resources.. For emergency help, call 911.. For more information about stalking, your rights, and what you can do to help stop it, visit the.. National Center for Victims of Crime s Stalking Resource Center..

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  • Title: Jane Doe Inc. | Resources for Someone You Know
    Descriptive info: Engaging Bystanders.. Joan Tabachnik is a Massachusetts based child sexual abuse prevention expert.. She created this resource for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center that takes a look at ways we can all help prevent sexual violence.. Download a copy of.. Engaging Bystanders in Sexual Violence Prevention.. Given the prevalence of sexual and domestic violence, it s likely that many of us know someone who is directly affected by these issues.. Whether it s someone you barely know or are very close to, similar questions arise:.. What should I do or say about my concerns for their safety and well-being?.. Should I reach out or respect someone s privacy?.. Will my actions put either of us at risk?.. Can I do anything to help deescalate situations before they become violent?.. If you are concerned that a friend, loved one, family member, neighbor, or co-worker has been or is being abused or assaulted, you can talk to a sexual or domestic violence program about your concerns and find out about resources for yourself and the person you know.. You can also find help if you know someone who is a perpetrator of sexual or domestic violence.. Your interest in wanting to learn more about the issues and how you can help is an important step in demonstrating your concern and compassion.. This page contains information about ways to reach out and provide support.. We ve divided the content into four sections:.. Why.. should I reach out to someone who is being or has been abused or assaulted?.. How.. can I be supportive to someone who is a victim or survivor of sexual and/or domestic violence?.. What.. should I do if I think someone is committing domestic or sexual violence?.. can I do to help make my community safer?.. Why should I reach out to someone who is being or has been abused or assaulted?.. Survivors tell us that just helping break the silence surrounding sexual and domestic violence can be like opening a door!.. One of the biggest barriers to action is that many of us have been raised to believe that sexual and domestic violence are private matters and none of anyone s business.. The bottom line is that sexual and domestic violence affect us all.. As with other public health, public safety, and human rights issue, we all have a role to play in ending violence on an individual, community, societal and global levels.. We know it can be difficult to reach out to someone we care about.. Your non-judgmental support can help someone access the resources they may need.. How can I be supportive to someone who is a victim or survivor of sexual and/or domestic violence?.. There are many ways to offer non-judgmental and respectful support of the decisions that victims and survivors make.. Listen without judging and don t rush into providing a solution.. The victim is not responsible for someone else s abusive or violent behavior.. There are times when being a good listener is more valuable to that person than any other action might be.. Believe them.. Let them know that you support them and ask what you can do to help.. Talk with them gently, understanding that everyone needs to take their own time talking about such difficult things.. Support them.. Let them know that you care about them.. Don t blame them for what happened.. Let them know that it wasn  ...   planning for safety is key.. Safety planning is a tool that is useful for all victims and survivors of domestic and/or sexual assault.. Download a safety planning tool.. (insert link to safety planning tool).. Explore the legal remedies available.. There are resources including restraining orders and harassment protection orders that have been developed to support victims and survivors and protect their rights to safety.. Learn more about legal remedies.. (insert link to legal resources).. Learn about victims legal rights.. Many battered immigrant victims who have legal immigration status do not know that their batterer cannot take that status away.. You should know that if immigrant victims are U.. S.. citizens, lawful permanent residents, or have a valid visa, they cannot be deported unless they have entered the U.. on fraudulent documents, violated conditions of their visa, or have been convicted of certain crimes.. Get information about other legal issues.. The legal needs for each victim of sexual or domestic violence are different.. There may be workplace or housing issues, concerns about safety at college or job training sites, fears about the abuser s access to children s schools or daycare.. An advocate can help identify legal issues and help develop solutions through referrals and resources.. You may be able to find specific resources among the Massachusetts or national government and private agencies listed here.. (link to page with links).. Maintain confidentiality.. Do not share this information with anyone else without the specific permission of the victim or survivor.. Understand that healing is a process that is different for each person.. There is no formula and healing is not a time limited experience.. Express compassion, nonjudgmental support and acceptance.. What should I do if I think someone is committing domestic or sexual violence?.. It s important that people whom commit acts of sexual or domestic violence be held accountable for their behavior.. Sometimes this means calling the police, such as when you see someone being physically or sexually hurt or threatened with a weapon.. Other times, you may have an opportunity to provide support to the offender to make the good decisions necessary to stop abusive behavior.. It s critical that you be careful, for your own safety and for the safety of the victim.. So before you speak to the abuser or a family member or friend of the abuser or victim, ask the victim what she/he wants.. It s important to keep in mind that, however well-intentioned you are, the abuser may feel like he or she is losing control and therefore try to harm the victim.. If you do talk to the offender, let the person know that sexual and domestic violence do not stop without some sort of outside intervention and encourage them to seek appropriate services and education for abusive individuals.. You can.. learn about the counseling services.. that are available and help to make these resources and other information available to your family member, colleague or friend.. Do not intervene directly if it will put you or the victim in danger.. Call 9-1-1 so that the police can respond.. What can I do to help make my community safer?.. Learning that someone you know has been a victim of sexual or domestic violence can inspire you to join our efforts.. Only with sustained effort at the community, national and global levels will we be able to end domestic and sexual violence Join us!.. Get involved..

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  • Title: Jane Doe Inc. | For LGBTQQI
    Descriptive info: Book Recommendations.. Same-Sex Domestic Violence: Strategies for Change edited by Beth Leventhal and Sandra Lundy, Sage Press.. Violence in Gay and Lesbian Domestic Partnerships By Claire M.. Renzetti, Haworth Press.. Violent Betrayal: Partner Abuse in Lesbian Relationships By Claire M.. Renzetti, Sage Publications.. Woman-to Woman Sexual Violence: Does She Call It Rape? By Lori B.. Girshick, Northeastern University Press.. LGBQ/T.. For People who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer and Transgender (LGBQ/T).. Wherever you are at in your relationship or your life, you deserve a healthy and safe relationship and community.. All too often,.. folks are invisible victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence.. The fact is that sexual and domestic violence occurs in 25-33% of lesbian, gay and bisexual relationships approximately the same rate as in heterosexual relationships.. The prevalence of abuse for people who identify as transgender or intersex is likely much higher.. In addition to the sexual and domestic violence that occurs within relationships, the LGBQ/T community is often the target of violence by others because of their sexual and gender identity.. You are not alone we hear you, we see you, and we want to help.. If you are in an unhealthy relationship, involved with someone who is abuvise, or have been sexually assaulted, you may feel:.. Alone, scared, depressed and confused.. Worried that if you speak to someone about the abuse that you ll be outed to family, friends and co-workers.. Anxious about being believed or taken seriously if you reach out for help to a program, the police, a health care provider, landlord, teacher or clergy.. Worried that if you leave your partner you will lose your friends or community.. Afraid your friends or community will take your partner s side.. When you contact a sexual or domestic violence program, you can make connections to other victims and survivors struggling with similar concerns.. You will also find out more about resources and your rights.. Things You Should Know.. Abuse is never mutual.. Abuse is not the same as consensual sexual behavior, including BDSM.. Under Massachusetts law, people of any gender, gender identity or sexual orientation are protected under all sexual abuse laws and can get protection orders against partners, dates, wives/husbands, boyfriends/girlfriends or roommates who abuse them or against someone who has stalked or sexually assaulted them.. Sexual and domestic violence programs are also available to victims of all sexual orientations and gender identities.. For Help and More Information.. Want to talk to someone about your own safety or about someone you  ...   Mental health services (fee charged).. GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project.. (formerly known as the Gay Men s Domestic Violence Project).. (800)832-1901.. gmdvp.. support@gmdvp.. A Massachusetts-based organization, GMDVP provides community education and direct services for gay, bisexual, and transgender men in abusive situations and relationships.. Community education.. Shelter.. National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs.. ncavp.. NCAVP is a national coalition of organizations that focus on violence committed within and against LGBTQ communities including domestic violence, sexual assault, pick up crimes, and hate crimes.. You can find a service provider near you in the U.. and Canada through the NCAVP website.. NCAVP is also a clearinghouse of information on violence against and within LGBT communities including annual reports on LGBT domestic violence and sexual assault.. Survivor Project.. survivorproject.. Survivor Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the needs of intersex and trans survivors of domestic and sexual violence through caring action, education and expanding access to resources and to opportunities for action.. Though they are in Portland, OR and do not provide direct services, they offer referrals nation-wide.. The Survivor Project has conducted extensive research and materials related to intersex and trans survivors, all available on their website.. National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.. nrcdv.. The NRCDV develops and disseminates information packets that address a range of domestic violence issues, including one titled Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) Communities and Domestic Violence: Information and Resources.. FORGE (For Ourselves: Reworking Gender Expression).. forge-forward.. FORGE is a national education, advocacy, and support umbrella organization that provides victim services to persons who identify as transgender.. It also offers training and technical assistance to the sexual assault service providers who serve this population.. Show Me Love DC!.. showmelovedc.. Show Me Love DC! is an OVC-supported campaign developed by Women Empowered Against Violence (WEAVE) that promotes healthy relationships and provides resources for LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence.. Office for Victims of Crime.. ovc.. gov.. Housed within the Office of Justice Programs within the Department of Justice, the Office for Victims of Crimes has a variety of resources and information for LGBTQQI victims and survivors.. Two specific items are the Hate and Bias Crimes section of the OVC Web site and the.. transcript of the June 2009 Web Forum Guest Host Session.. which features a discussion between victim service providers and experts in the field specifically on Working With LGBTIQ Survivors of Violence.. Special thanks to Show Me Love DC! for their assistance with these program descriptions and to The Network/La Red for general content..

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  • Title: Jane Doe Inc. | For Immigrants
    Descriptive info: For People Who are Immigrants and Refugees.. Domestic and sexual violence is against the law in the United States.. It doesn t matter if the sexual or domestic violence happened for the first time when you came to this country, or if it happened before arriving and has continued.. The fact is that sexual and domestic violence can happen regardless of where we live, who we are, who we love, where we come from, what our economic status is, what language we speak, or what our citizenship status is.. This section will help you learn more about the issue and who you can talk to about your options for safety.. In addition to general concerns and fears, being an immigrant or refugee can also mean additional challenges to finding safety from abuse.. For example:.. Your abuser may lie to you about your rights, use your cultural background against you, or use threats about child custody or deportation to silence and frighten you.. You may worry what might happen if your abuser is deported.. You may feel dependent on your abuser economically or for immigration status.. You may worry about your family here or in your home country if you choose to speak out about the abuse.. You may feel that you can t reach out for help if English is not your first language.. You may feel ashamed about the abuse or concerned about what your community will think if they know about the abuse you are experiencing.. If you re undocumented, you may worry about whether it s safe to talk to your doctor or anyone about what s happening at home.. If you re undocumented, you may worry about whether you can use or trust the court system to keep you safe.. Additionally, turning to the police or other authorities may seem unwise, if these were sources of danger or abuse in your home country.. It s  ...   US citizen or legal permanent resident and you are either: 1) the battered spouse; 2) the child/step-child who was battered or witnessed spousal abuse of your parent/ step-parent; or 3) you are a parent who is battered by your adult child, you may be eligible to file an immigrant visa petition (self-petition) under the Violence against Women Act (VAWA).. You may be eligible for this form of relief regardless of how you entered the country.. Through the VAWA Self-Petition, you may eventually become eligible for employment authorization and a green card without the knowledge or consent of your abuser.. U-Visas for Victims of Crime.. If you are a victim of a crime (including domestic violence and/or sexual assault) and are undocumented, you may be eligible for a U-Visa.. The U-Visa is a special class of visas issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).. The U-Visa is generally available for crime victims who (1) have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse from criminal activity; (2) have information regarding the criminal activity; (3) assist government officials in the investigation or prosecution of such criminal activity.. U-Visa holders receive employment authorization and a path to a green card.. If this is an emergency, please call 911 to talk to the police.. In Massachusetts,.. local domestic and sexual violence programs.. provide free and confidential services to any victim or survivor regardless of your immigration status.. Advocates are there to listen to your concerns and work with you to help you and your family live in safety and with dignity.. Many of these programs are part of a network called.. RISE (Refugee and Immigrant Safety and Empowerment.. The advocates in these programs provide education and outreach to particular ethnic communities on violence against women, sexual violence, and domestic violence.. Additionally, these programs provide direct services to victims, from cultural and linguistic minority backgrounds, who have experienced domestic violence and/or sexual assault..

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