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As Thought Leaders it is our responsibility to turn ideas into reality. Together we can raise awareness surrounding Domestic Violence Awareness Month, this October.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the "Day of Unity" held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children.

Domestic violence thrives when we are silent; but if we take a stand and work together, we can end domestic violence.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
As many of us enjoy Sukkot, a time when families and friends gather under temporary shelters, we also arrive at the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I find this intersection quite powerful. Sukkot is associated with warmth, love, and for many of us, the knowledge that even though our sukkah is fragile, our homes are safe. Yet, for so many people - includingjfcs boston many Jews in our community - the fragility, vulnerability, uncertainty, and instability of the sukkah reflects the ongoing reality of their lives. 

As we circulate our domestic violence awareness posters and video this month, you might ask, "What does Love Should Be Safe mean anyway? Isn't it obvious?" But then again, what does "safe" mean? Continue reading Elizabeth's blog here.
Jewish Women's International is dedicated to ending violence against  women and girls, and lifting them up any way we can.

Click here to view how JWI is making a difference this October for Domestic Violence Awareness month. Join them.  
  Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles' { Family Violence Project is participating in Domestic Violence Awareness Month by encouraging staff, volunteers, friends, family, and donors to Take A Stand Against Domestic Violence. We must be reminded that there are countless people, victims and survivors, their children and families impacted by domestic violence.

JFS { Family Violence Project provides help for survivors of domestic abuse and their families. Along with a 24-hour crisis hotline, the Family Violence Project maintains emergency shelters, transitional housing and offers a wide array of other services including individual therapy, support groups, case management, food and hunger services, and vocational and legal assistance.

AJFCA will publish thought pieces from our Network relating to
Domestic Violence
throughout the month of October.
Contact Megan to submit material.