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Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS), a non-sectarian, state-licensed, not-for-profit agency, has been a leader in mental health, home health care, developmental disabilities and human services since 1943, serving all people who live or work in Westchester without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation and socio-economic status. If you have a problem, it is likely we have a program or service to help you. One call is all you need.View our WJCS Agency Video, read our Annual Report.
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

WJCS' Margaret's Place Helps to End Domestic
Violence, Teaches Healthy Relationships
 

Westchester, like other communities, is not immune from domestic violence. The County’s most recent statistics, the 2012 Domestic Incident Reports tally of 11,381, includes episodes from all neighborhoods in the county and many incidents go unreported.

How do you respond? How can these incidents be prevented? While there are many components to an effective response, stopping the cycle of domestic violence involves making a commitment to one another, to supporting boys and girls, and men and women in recognizing the misuse of power and control and in building skills to successfully handle conflict and navigate relationships. At Margaret’s Place, a program of the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation and WJCS, full time, specially trained social workers staff safe rooms in four Westchester schools. The program brings layered prevention and intervention services to middle and high school youth, families and the entire school community. Click here to read more about how Margaret’s Place engages youth in exploring the questions, building resilience and safety, understanding how violence affects people, and becoming educated youth leaders with the capacity to promote respect, safety and non-violence in their communities.

Joe Torre, himself a child witness to domestic violence between his parents, began Margaret’s Place to provide a safe place for trauma-exposed youth to be heard and get help, and for the entire student body and school community to receive education and guidance to break the cycle of domestic violence.Click here to read a letter from Joe in which he shares his insights on the issue.

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