- Associated Press - Thursday, March 20, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - Activists fighting domestic violence are planning to appeal directly to Beacon Hill lawmakers for more support.

At its annual advocacy day Thursday, Jane Doe Inc. and 57 other anti-domestic violence groups say they hope to meet with every member of the Massachusetts House and Senate to press for an increase in funding for what they call life-saving and life-changing services.

Activists said many of those programs are still operating below 2009 fiscal year levels.

They say they’re also seeking passage of a handful of bills including one which would address employment protections for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking - and a second that would create a felony offense for strangulation.

Activists say they hope to persuade lawmakers in part by telling the stories of domestic violence survivors.

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