Raise Your Voice to End Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is an opportunity for us to speak out in our communities. Giving voice to our stories helps enlighten the uninformed and empower victims who feel they’re suffering alone.

Throughout October – Domestic Violence Awareness Month – JWI will be encouraging you to raise your voice in different ways.

Each day on this blog, we will present a personal account of domestic or relationship abuse. Through writing, video, audio and art; from survivors, victims’ friends and relatives, former abusers, and DV workers; we’ll share 31 stories about people who’ve been touched by emotional, physical, financial, and sexual abuse. Please visit daily to experience this moving project. And help spread this important message by posting our badge on your website or blog; by telling your friends; and by sharing your own story to help JWI publicize and personalize this issue.

Also for DVAM, our advocacy network is implementing a grassroots media campaign highlighting the need to report that acts of domestic violence are not isolated – they occur every day and affect entire communities. You’ll get an action alert in mid-October, please join our effort and write letters to the editors of major newspapers and in your hometown.

Let us know what you are doing and how we can work together. 

Have a website or blog? Grab the image and display your support of JWI’s “31 Stories in 31 Days” on your site!

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5 responses to “Raise Your Voice to End Domestic Violence

  1. Thank you for sending me this email.
    In the past, I have been very active in addressing issues of domestic violence in the Jewish Community.
    When I was aware that my own experience would help others, I did go public.
    This is perhaps the only way to stop this from happening to yet another generation.
    However, it will not happen if we only deal with the victim – it must be addressed that the perpetrator is not allowed to be “let off the hook” because many are the times that the perpetrator remains a solid member of the community, who contributes to the community, and financially is the ‘breadwinner’ of the family and is untouchable and/or not accountable —– and the victim is again victimized! All the assistance to help the abused will not end Domestic Violence – only when the community faces the perpetrator whol must be made responsible will the awareness begin to take affect and the next generation may be on it’s way to understand and end Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community
    And my this year be the year that we will all be able to celebrate Sholom Bayit in each and everyone of our homes.

  2. Our local Jewish Domestic Violence Taskforce asked to give a dvar Torah in October at our synagogue in Western Massachusetts. So I am working on Parshat Noach trying to build a message about spousal relations…when they go wrong and what it means when they are good.

    When I have it done, is it something JWI would like to see?

    Jane Trigere

  3. Yes, please, Jane – we would love to see it. Thank you for sharing with us! Please send it to dcantor(at)jwi.org.

    Shanah tovah :)

  4. Dear JWI,
    Thanks so much for compiling/posting these stories, audio, and video clips about DV – it’s an amazing idea! I work at Casa Myrna Vazquez, an organization which serves survivors of domestic violence in greater Boston. I have just posted a link to the JWI blog on our Casa Myrna Fan page and cause. Feel free to check out our page/cause! The links are:
    Fan page:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Casa-Myrna-Vazquez/58171232544

    Cause:
    http://apps.facebook.com/causes/173143/40512824?fb_page_id=58171232544&m=6d54c0aa

    all best,
    Michelle Sedaca
    Casa Myrna Vazquez

  5. While this topic can be very vexed for most people, my view is that there has to be a middle or common ground that we all can find. I do value that you’ve added pertinent and intelligent commentary here though. Very much thanks to you!

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