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#DomesticViolence is often generational. That's why #IBelieve #CulturallySensitiveServices are needed now more than ever before.

If you do not feel comfortable talking with your family about what's happening in your relationship, because you're afraid they'll reject you, be disappointed in you, or worse, blame you for the abuse, where can you go?

JCADA aims to be that safe and confidential place where all victims and survivors can come to get the help and support they need to become empowered, live safely, and build healthy futures for themselves and their families. We at JCADA are highly impressed by Saving Promise's #DontJustGiveADamn campaign. We can't wait to see what this incredible group of people can do!

If you or someone you know is affected by power-based violence, please call JCADA's free and confidential helpline at 1-877-88-JCADA(52232).

#DVAM #DVAM2018 #DVAMWeekOfAction
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TODAY IS THE DAY!

Have you ever wanted to own something made by Serena Williams? Well here's your chance!

JCADA, as a part of the Purple Purse Challenge, will be giving away our Purple Purse to one lucky donor this week! All individuals who donate $100 or more between October 16th at 12:00am and October 23rd 11:59pm will be given a chance to win this special gift. The larger the donation, the more chances you have to win!

To donate, simply go to jcada.org/PurplePurse!

Thank you for supporting JCADA's 100% free and confidential support services for victims and survivors of power-based violence today!
October 15, 2:00 PM ET
For today's #DVAM post, we have a very special blog post to share. One of JCADA's staff members was asked to give a d'var Torah for the first Shabbat of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. She has decided to not only share that with her community, but to JCADA's wider community as well. It highlights not only why you must always #StartByBelieving, but also just how incredibly important #CulturallySensitiveServices are. We are so thankful for her bravery in sharing this story, and so honored to have her as a member of our team.

"For a while now, I have thought that Judaism was a weapon, and it was Judaism’s fault for creating that darkness. But now I know I was wrong, Judaism is what’s creating that light for me." To read the post in full, please follow the link below.

#DVAM2018 #EndDV #IBelieve
October 12, 4:29 PM ET
“To Protect and to Serve.” A phrase that originally started with the LAPD has quickly become the unofficial motto of the American police force in general.

But what happens if you come from a place where the police are not there to protect and to serve? What if the place you grew up has a corrupt or dysfunctional justice system?

This problem in experience vs. new reality is a very real barrier for many immigrant victims and survivors of #DomesticViolence. #IBelieve this is yet another reason why #CulturallySensitiveServices are so necessary in this field. Because, especially for many Latinx victims and survivors of violence, calling the police may not be their first instinct. This is found in other marginalized communities, other than immigrants, who also have a negative relationship with law enforcement.

Many of us view calling the police as a natural first step when faced with a dangerous situation. However, it is important for us to recognize that this is not always the case for everyone and by not calling the police on their abuser, they are not inherently more to blame for the abuse they experience. It is also important that as service providers, we are listening to our clients who do not wish to call the police or take legal action and help them develop safety plans that work within their specific needs.

If you or someone you know is affected by power-base violence, please call JCADA’s free and confidential helpline at 1-877-88-JCADA(52232).

#DVAM #DVAM2018 #StartByBelieving #NoExcuse #EndDV
October 11, 2:00 PM ET
When discussing #DomesticViolence, we often do not think of the elderly. #IBelieve this population of victims and survivors have unique barriers that call for the #CulturallySensitiveServices we need in this field of victim services.

The elderly face many logistical problems such as mobility and transportation issues, decency (either financially or physically) on the abuser, and are generally less likely to come forward and share their stories of abuse. Moreover, abuser may not just be spouses. When discussing #ElderAbuse specifically, many times the abuser is an adult child or a caregiver.

JCADA is excited to bring staff trainings to Charles E. Smith Life Communities for #DVAM around this very topic! We will be working with the CESLC staff over the new few weeks teaching them about power-based violence, the warning signs of abuse, and how they can best help someone they suspect may be a victim.

If you or someone you know is affected by power-base violence, please call JCADA's free and confidential helpline at 1-877-88-JCADA(52232).

#DVAM #DVAM2018 #StartByBelieving #NoExcuse #EndDV
October 10, 2:00 PM ET
Why are some women victims of violence, while others are victims of culture? Be it a conscious differentiation or a subconscious one, we often look at women who have chosen to enter arranged marriages are different or “others” than those who follow the “traditional American way” of meeting at college, a bar, or nowadays online, who then date, fall in love, and get married.

When these women who are in arranged marriages are found to be victims of #DomesticViolence, there is a tendency to blame it on them and their culture. “That doesn’t happen in my community, because we marry for the right reasons.” Well, #IBelieve this is not only untrue, but it creates a barrier for those women who are in arranged marriages from reaching out for services.

Understanding the dynamics of these types of marriages, and the specific barriers they present to victims and survivors of domestic violence absolutely highlights why #CulturallySensitiveServices are needed in this field. To say that all women who enter into arranged marriages will fall victim to abuse and violence is simply not correct; to say that the women who enter into arranged marriages and fall victim to abuse and violence should have “known better” or, worse, were in some way “asking for it” is not only incorrect, but completely unfair.

#DomesticViolence is not an issue of one culture, one religion, or one type of relationship. Culture, however, often plays a role in whether or not victims and survivors feel comfortable coming forward. By saying that it is not only not your fault, but also not your culture’s fault you were abused is a powerful tool that helps victims and survivors become empowered. Violence and abuse will always only be the fault of the abuser, not the victim or the culture they identify with. There is never a cultural or religious excuse for violence.

If you or someone you know is affected by power-base violence, please call JCADA’s free and confidential helpline at 1-877-88-JCADA(52232).

#DVAM #DVAM2018 #StartByBelieving #NoExcuse #EndDV
October 9, 3:26 PM ET
Did you know getting divorced in the eyes of the law can be separate than getting divorced in the eyes of your religious community?

In discussing why, #IBelieve culturally sensitive services are needed in the field of #DomesticViolence, the problems surrounding getting divorced seems an appropriate place to start.

For many, getting divorced from an abusive partner may seem a natural end point to the abuse. That person is removed from your life, giving you the opportunity to move forward. However, we at JCADA know that getting divorced, while sometimes an important step in the process of healing, does not mean that the abuse and violence ends. For clients whose faith and culture are very important to them, getting divorced in the eyes of the law can be meaningless if their religious or cultural community does not recognize that separation.

For example, in the Jewish faith, the "get" (or divorce) can only be asked for by the husband. This means that a person can be legally divorced, but married in the eyes of their religious community. Other than the logistical barriers this places on the victim (like the inability to get remarried in that community), this also makes many victims feel as though they still do not have full control over their lives. In the Catholic faith, the concept of an annulment has a very similar history. Some Catholic priests will refuse to marry a woman who has not gotten an annulment from her first marriage, even if she is legally divorced.

Understanding that these practices have a very real impact on our clients are what makes JCADA's #CulturallySensitive services unique. We want every client to become empowered and live safely, regardless if that means getting divorced at district court or getting divorced in the eyes of their religious community.

If you or someone you know is affected by power-based violence, please call JCADA's free and confidential helpline at 1-877-88-JCADA(52232).

#DVAM #DVAM2018 #SpreadLoveDC #EndDV
October 5, 10:28 AM ET

October 5, 10:19 AM ET
This year for #DVAM JCADA will be discussing the need for culturally sensitive services! Cultural and faith can be huge barriers for victims and survivors - JCADA's faith and culturally sensitive services aim at lowering these barriers to these folks can become empowered and live safely. You can be a part of this conversation using the #IBelieve hashtag in your comments and posts!
October 4, 3:17 PM ET
To get #DVAM kicked off, JCADA will be on a panel at Tifereth Israel Congregation this coming Sunday, Oct 7th! Kol Nashim is presenting the panel, titled "Sexual Harassment and Worse in Our Community"

The event is free so be sure to check it out at 10:15am!
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