JDI is committed to ensuring that media coverage accurately reflects the experiences of survivors. Journalists can play a critical role in educating the public and informing systemic change on the personal, community, organizational, and policy levels.
We recognize that every minute counts when you´re on deadline. In your coverage of sexual and domestic violence issues/incidents, the expertise and resources of JDI and its statewide network of 60 local sexual and domestic violence programs can help you save time, reduce legwork, ensure accuracy, and get your story out there quickly. We will make every effort to assist you in, please contact:
Toni K. Troop, Director of Communications and Development
Resources for Journalists
These guides created by JDI with the help from members of the media aim to help reporters, copywriters, headline writers, and editors with coverage of sexual and domestic violence.
Domestic Violence Homicide Media Guide: The media has increasingly gotten out the message that domestic violence is a crime and that help is available for victims. It’s essential that these cases are portrayed in context and not only as individual tragedies. Much of the guide is also applicable to general coverage of sexual and domestic violence, stalking, and other forms of abuse.
Strangulation vs. Choking Media Guide: The difference between the terms strangulation and choking is not semantic as each connotes very different things regarding intent and action. Using appropriate terminology in describing the act of strangulation helps readers (victims, responders, and others) understand this dangerous act of violence. JDI would like to acknowledge the input of journalists, law enforcement, advocates, and survivors in drafting this resource.
As the country and the world continue to engage in an unprecedented dialogue around gender-based violence, JDI is committed to providing our voice and leadership to help responsibly guide the conversation. These statements are issued to help frame the discussion and show the impact media has on survivors who have experienced trauma.
JDI Public Statements
On May 29th JDI shared a public call to action for Black Lives, and unfortunately in our statement, we misspelled Breonna Taylor's name. This action was insensitive and compounds the erasure of Black women. We need to do better, and we promise to do better. A special...
For Immediate Release: May 13, 2020 Contact: Debra Robbin, Executive Director; Hema Sarang-Sieminski, Policy Director; Toni Troop, Communications Director at firstname.lastname@example.org Talking points and other background information following statementRelease Some People in...
JDI and MOVA Statement: Recognizing gun dealers as essential services jeopardizes safety for victims of abuse and more
Joint statement from Jane Doe Inc. and the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance regarding court decision on gun distributors as essential services Issued May 8, 2020 The innate and dangerous connection between the presence of guns in households and domestic...
Every April for the past five decades, advocates across the country have organized to promote sexual violence awareness and prevention. These efforts grew out of social change movements championed by Black women and women of color. The historical lessons and wisdom to...
Today is a day we won’t forget. Today is a milestone in the #MeToo movement. We were prepared to say that regardless of the verdict in the Harvey Weinstein case, there is no turning back from the movement to believe and support survivors and to hold both individuals...
JDI joined 25 state/territory coalitions against sexual assault to address the sexual violence occuring in migrant detention centers as well as calling for an end to ICE raids and the monitoring of people of color communities.
Survivors of Sexual and Domestic Violence Receive Economic Empowerment Grants from Jane Doe Inc. and The Allstate Foundation
JDI announced that they have awarded 10 mini-grants to survivors across the Commonwealth who have experienced the economic impact of violence and abuse. Made possible thanks to the support of The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse, these micro-economic empowerment...