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June 2024

Press Release: Jane Does Well Applauds Massachusetts' Groundbreaking Coercive Control Legislation

Jane Does Well, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering women navigating divorce, celebrates alongside Massachusetts with the signing of Bill H.4744 into law by Governor Maura Healey on Wednesday, June 20th, 2024. This landmark legislation now classifies coercive control and digital exploitation as forms of domestic violence, underscoring the organization's commitment to supporting survivors across the Commonwealth. Read more→

June 2024

New Article: Bill H.4744 is Signed

Jane Does Well Co-Founders, Christina Pavlina and Sue Kisiday attend the signing of Bill H.4744 —a game-changing milestone that Jane Does Well and partners have worked hard to educate and advocate the extreme need for .. “Judges can now honor and understand that it is a crime if a victim complains of being isolated, their autonomy is restricted, they are threatened, intimidated, even if there is no physical violence, that they need protections from that behavior as well,” Pavlina said, explaining that lacking proof of physical violence, the victims of intimidation/coercive behavior had no protections at all. Read more→

June 2024

New Article! Coercive Control Bill 

The push to pass this law was coordinated by a coalition formed for this purpose: Together Rising Above Coercion ,a statewide coalition of organizations, survivors, advocates and allies including Jane Doe Inc, The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Jane Does Well and The Mass Family Advocacy Coalition (MFAC), among others. The year-long efforts included targeted webinars, putting a book on coercive control into the hands of every legislator, letter-writing campaigns, a day of testimony in the legislature, and much more. Read more→

June 2024

Governor Healey Signs Bill Banning Revenge Porn, Expanding Protections Against Abuse and Exploitation

“This law will save lives and strengthens our efforts to hold accountable those who would engage in abusive, coercive and deeply harmful behavior. This is about stopping violence, because nobody deserves to be subjected to threats, abuse or control,” said Governor Maura Healey. Read more→

May 2024

What is Coercive Control?

Tune in to hear Jill & Ally, hosts of Co-Parenting & Coffee, discuss the important topic of coercive control with guests, Larissa Crane, LICSW, RYT and Hilary Purtell, from Jane Does Well's Education & Advocacy team. Listen now→

March 2024

 "After I got through my own divorce, I realized I could help others."

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Christina Pavlina, shares her inspiring personal journey in a candid interview with Candy O'Terry on the latest episode of Candy's podcast, The Story Behind Her Success: Listen now→