Susan L. Schor President JCADA Board of Directors
Posted by JCADA
JCADA would like to take a moment to send its deepest condolences to the friends and family of Jaelynn Willey, who was taken off of life support last night. Her death comes after the tragic shooting at Great Mills High School in St. Mary's County, Maryland.
Jaelynn and the shooter were reported to have recently been in some type ofrelationship. Unfortunately, this is a reality that JCADA knows all too well - that abusive relationships can and sometimes do turn deadly. Although previous violence is a predictor of future violence, it is not a requirement for the relationship to turn deadly. In 1 in 3 intimate partner homicides, the homicide itself is the first act of physical violence in the relationship.
The most dangerous time for a victim is when they chose to leave an abusive relationship.
If you or someone you know is experiencing power-based violence, be it domestic violence, teen dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking please call JCADA's free and confidential helpline at 1-877-88-JCADA(52232). JCADA is committed to providing high-quality services to all residents of the Greater Washington DC community, 14 years of age and older, without regard to race, national origin, background, ability, faith, gender or sexual orientation. We are here to help survivors as well as their family and friends.
Below are some other resources available to you:
- National Domestic Violence Hotline - 800-799-SAFE (7233) (24 hr)
- National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline - 866-331-9474 (24 hr)
- LoveIsRespect's Texting Hotline - Text LOVEIS to 22522
- DC Victim Hotline - 844-4HELPDC (1-844-443-5732)
- Montgomery County Abused Persons Program - 240-777-4673 (24hr)
- Montgomery County Family Justice Center - 240-773-0444
- Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) - 301-990-6880
- Prince George's County Hotline - 301-731-1203 (24hr)
- Alexandria City Hotline - 703-838-4911 (24hr)
- Fairfax County Hotline - 703-360-7273 (24hr)
- LGBTQ Partner Abuse and Sexual Assault Helpline - 1-866-356-6998 (M-F 8am-8pm)
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 1-800-273-8255 (24hr)
Did you know April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month?
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the realities of sexual assault in our community. It is a time we take the opportunity to educate community members on sexual violence and how they can help prevent it. Sexual violence is an unfortunate reality for many of the clients seen at JCADA. Whether they have experienced childhood sexual trauma, a past sexual assault, or sexual abuse that is reoccurring in the current relationship, there is no escaping the reality that 1 out of every 6 women and 1 out of every 14 men will experience sexual violence in their lifetime. As an organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of power-based violence in our community, sexual violence is a pervasive problem that JCADA is looking to address through our direct services, and through our community education and prevention programs.
To learn more about sexual violence and how you can celebrate Sexual
Assault Awareness Month this year, check out JCADA’s SAAM Toolkit! The toolkit includes educational materials, sample language, and images that you can use when talking to friends and loved ones about sexual violence this April in person or via social media. The toolkit is available for download on the JCADA blog, which can be found on our website www.jcada.org. Having an issue downloading everything? Simply email Shana Brouder at firstname.lastname@example.org to have the toolkit and various social media images sent directly to you.