Posted by Margie Zohn

created at: 2012-10-04Last week JF&CS hosted a beautiful event honoring Julie Riven Jaye, a founder of JF&CS Journey to Safety (JTS) and longtime chair of the JTS Resource Advisory Committee (RAC). I am humbled and honored to step into the role of chair of the committee and aim to fill Julie’s large, vibrant, and loving shoes! As Julie steps down from chair to committee member, we know she will continue to be a powerful voice in drawing attention to abuse in the Jewish community and beyond. We are forever grateful for Julie’s efforts in establishing JTS.

At the event, I was particularly moved by the words written by Journey to Safety clients and read aloud by RAC members. In one client’s words, “JTS stood by me through my darkest moments, listening and advising and helping and listening and advising and helping some more.” A person who is abused or moving beyond abuse needs ongoing, patient, and loving support. As we hear from many JTS clients, well-meaning family members and friends often blame domestic abuse on the survivor, leading to withdrawal from friends and loved ones. JTS provides a valuable place to turn during our clients’ darkest moments.

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