In the Wake of the Pandemic, We Must Take Care of Survivors of Domestic Violence
  • Domestic Violence Prevention
By Susan Carroll, Director of Family Support Services at JFCS  COVID-19 significantly impacted us all—whether we experienced a reduction in our capacity to earn a living, were separated or isolated from loved ones, or, whether we agreed or not, we experienced our activities of daily living as dictated by powers beyond ourselves. Sadly, these are common occurrences for persons experiencing domestic violence (DV)—feeling powerless over what you can do, who you can see, where you can go, or how long you can spend there. Imagine if you can, the impact that COVID-19 restrictions have had on your stress levels, mental… Read More

Posted by Admin on June 16, 2021
JFCS’ Dream Program Is a Safety Net after Domestic Violence
  • Center for Children and Youth
  • Domestic Violence Prevention
  • Financial Assistance
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When Claire was told—after three months of furlough due to the pandemic—that she would not have her job at a Jewish organization to go back to, she panicked. After suffering 10 years of violence and emotional abuse, Claire had just separated from her husband and started rebuilding a life for her two young children. Without an income, how would they stay in their new apartment? How could she guarantee that her kids would stay safe? COVID-19 has brought with it another pandemic: domestic violence has risen as stress, proximity, and increased substance abuse take their toll. In this short time,… Read More

Posted by Admin on October 28, 2020
JFCS Emergency Services Help Women and Children Rebuild Their Lives
  • Domestic Violence Prevention
  • Emergency Assistance
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A parent’s most important job is keeping their child safe. Imaging being unable to do that. Ellen and her 12-year old daughter Sari, were referred to JFCS by a homeless shelter following a violent attack on their lives by Ellen’s husband of five years. When they married, he promised to protect and care for Ellen and her child, but in a chilling turn, he developed a drug addiction and became their worst nightmare. While much of the abuse was directed toward Ellen, Sari also became the victim of her stepfather’s abuse when she tried to protect her mother. Ellen fled… Read More

Posted by Admin on October 16, 2019
JFCS’ Emergency Services Program Creates Stability When Crisis Hits
  • Domestic Violence Prevention
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Nutrition Program
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For most of us there will be a time in our lives when a personal crisis shakes us to our very core, and what felt like solid ground under our feet suddenly feels like sinking sand. JFCS’ Emergency Family Assistance Program works with people who are in such a dark place—who are struggling to get their basic needs met so they have the strength and support to overcome the challenges ahead. Whether an eviction, a devastating accident, or leaving an abusive partner triggered the crisis, over 2,500 Bay Area residents received emergency assistance from JFCS last year. A Family Safe… Read More

Posted by Admin on October 8, 2018
Domestic Violence: JFCS Provides the Bay Area’s Most Comprehensive Services to Victims of All Ages
  • Domestic Violence Prevention
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Parenting
  • Seniors
  • YouthFirst
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Our lives can feel upside down or even unlivable if someone seeks to harm us through bullying or deliberate behaviors to maintain a pattern of power and control—the definition of domestic violence. That’s why every day JFCS’ programs work to prevent cycles of abuse so that children, teens, adults, and seniors have the support they need to make healthy choices, leave abuse behind, and live their best lives. For Domestic Violence Survivors, Leaving Is Just the Beginning JFCS’ Dream Program changes the cycle of abuse by providing critically needed support to women and their children so they can rebuild their… Read More

Posted by Admin on August 8, 2018
Solving Homelessness—JFCS Expands Domestic Violence Services
  • Domestic Violence Prevention
  • Financial Assistance
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Once survivors of domestic violence take the courageous step to leave their abuser, they face an uphill climb to self-sufficiency. Homelessness, trauma, debt, and few job skills can create unsurmountable hurdles to creating a new life—oftentimes leading them back to their abuser. That’s why JFCS’ Dream Program helps women and their children with not only finding stable long-term housing, but with a multitude of other wrap-around services and support necessary to get them back on their feet. JFCS recently expanded its Dream Program to offer more housing and services to an increased number of families who have survived domestic violence.… Read More

Posted by Admin on May 10, 2017
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