Our Project SARAH Domestic Violence Program aims to help end the cycle of abuse for individuals and families living in South Jersey. Some of the ways JFCS can help are:
CASE MANAGEMENT & RESOURCE REFFERAL
Our counselors can connect you with financial assistance, legal counseling, and court advocacy resources. Additionally, our caring staff will help guide you on how to develop an safety plan, obtain a restraining order, and much more. If you need help, Project SARAH is here to help, every step of the way.
JFCS can help you in finding shelter at our Charlotte’s Place apartment (when available), at no cost to you. Housing capacity is one adult and one child under 18. If the apartment is occupied, we will connect you with shelter/housing resources.
COUNSELING & SUPPORT GROUPS
Project SARAH provides confidential and discreet counseling for victims of domestic abuse and their children. We also offer SARAH Supports, a domestic violence support group that enables participants to make connections and share their feelings with like-minded peers. To request counseling services or to learn more about upcoming support groups, please complete a Request Service E-Form and a member of our counseling department will reach out to you.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAMS
Building Healthy Relationships is an outreach program provided to area public schools, synagogues, and parent organizations to promote healthy friendships and dating relationships and to raise awareness of the dangers of abusive teen relationships. A mission of the program is to educate teenagers about creating healthy relationships so that they themselves do not become victims or perpetrators of domestic abuse. Packing for College is a program designed to prepare college-bound students with tools and knowledge needed to keep safe when away at school. We also help to train professionals in our area (such as medical and dental practitioners) to recognize red flags of abuse and provide resources.
"LOVE SHOULDN'T HURT" PODCAST
As a strong proponent of preventative education and community outreach, JFCS strives to raise awareness in every corner of our community. Our new “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” video podcast is hosted by Project SARAH Coordinator Hilary Platt. The podcast explores topics such as domestic abuse from a Jewish perspective, how people can protect themselves against violence and intimidation, and the link between domestic abuse and animal abuse. All episodes of “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” are available HERE.