It all began when a local newspaper reported on the prevalence of domestic abuse in the Jewish community – and the lack of resources for victims. The article led to the establishment of the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse. Today JCADA helps victims and their children obtain safe living arrangements, educates community leaders about how to respond to domestic abuse, and raises community awareness to prevent future abuse. Services include a confidential helpline, counseling, transitional housing, financial assistance, and specialized support for teens. The AWARE program creates a safe environment to talk about healthy – and unhealthy – relationships, and uses role playing to engage participants in the experience. So far, 97% of clinical program clients who have chosen to leave their abusive partners have not returned to their abusers. While JCADA’s focus is on the Jewish community, services are available to residents of the entire region – regardless of faith, gender or sexual orientation. Let's just be clear: abuse is not an option.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Population(s) Served: All

Schools They Work In: Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School; Georgetown University; Gesher Day School of Northern Virginia; The Madeira School; Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy; Mountain View High School; University of Maryland; Walt Whitman High School

Awards & Recognition

2014-2015 Slingshot Guide: DC Edition
2014-2015 Slingshot Guide: Women & Girls Supplement
October 5, 2014 Congratulatory letter from the Office of U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski
2013 Certificate of Appreciation from the Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic Violence
2010 Certificate of Special Recognition from the Office of U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin
2001 Certificate of Recognition & Appreciation from the County Executive of Montgomery County, Maryland


Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse is: Less than $500k

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