Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Questioning (LGBTQ) Affirmation and Support
Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Southern New Jersey provides a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for members of the LGBTQ community throughout your life. We have created a place where sexual orientation, gender identity and expression can intersect to be embraced, affirmed and celebrated.
When someone is exploring sexual orientation or gender identity, the experience can be liberating, empowering, and at the same time it can sometimes be frightening. Some of those difficult feelings can range from isolation, confusion and anxiety to depression and loneliness. But you’re not alone; others have taken the same path and found acceptance and peace. JFCS can help.
WHAT CAN JFCS PROVIDE?
We provide counseling and support to individuals and families in the LGBTQ community, regarding sexual orientation, transgender, gender identity, family conflict, bullying, anxiety, coming out, and depression.
Project Rainbow is a partnership between JFCS and the Katz JCC, aimed at providing support and social opportunities for teens in grades 7-12, who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer. Social events will be planned in conjunction with opportunities for group support and discussion. For more information, please contact Sara Sideman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JFCS partners with Keshet/JFCS Philly and can offer cultural sensitivity training and parent workshops.
LGBTQ RELATIONSHIP VIOLENCE*
Abusive partners in LGBTQ relationships use all the same tactics to gain power and control as abusive partners in heterosexual relationships — physical, sexual or emotional abuse, financial control, isolation and more. But abusive partners in LGBTQ relationships also reinforce their tactics that maintain power and control with societal factors that compound the complexity a survivor faces in leaving or getting safe in an LGBTQ relationship.
Tactics of Power & Control
- “Outing” a partner’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Abusive partners in LGBTQ relationships may threaten to ‘out’ victims to family members, employers, community members and others.
- Saying that no one will help the victim because s/he is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, or that for this reason, the partner “deserves” the abuse.
- Justifying the abuse with the notion that a partner is not “really” lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (i.e. the victim may once have had/may still have relationships, or express a gender identity, inconsistent with the abuser’s definitions of these terms). This can be used both as a tool in verbal and emotional abuse as well as to further the isolation of a victim from the community.
- Monopolizing support resources through an abusive partner’s manipulation of friends and family supports and generating sympathy and trust in order to cut off these resources to the victim. This is a particular issue to members of the LGBTQ community where they may be fewer specific resources, neighborhoods or social outlets.
- Portraying the violence as mutual and even consensual, or as an expression of masculinity or some other “desirable” trait.
For more information on the JFCS Project SARAH Domestic Abuse Program,
call 856-424-1333 and ask for SARAH. All calls are confidential.
* Information provided via the National Domestic Violence Hotline website.
JFCS NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY
JFCS clients have a right to be treated with dignity and respect; free of all discrimination, including that which is based on race, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national origin, or disability; and not subject to any verbal, sexual, emotional, or physical abuse; or harsh or unfair treatment. To the extent possible, JFCS will make every reasonable accommodation to serve you consistent with our program services.