January 18, 2017

#JCADALightTheWay 2016
Thank you for virtually joining us on the 8th night of Chanukah to light the way for victims of domestic abuse to find support. We greatly enjoyed seeing all of your beautiful photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. With your ongoing generosity and support, JCADA will continue working to end domestic abuse in our community in 2017!

In This Issue
Stalking in the Age of Technology 

Stalking is no longer simply following someone around town or waiting near their house. In today's ever connected world, it's much easier for abusers to threaten, intimidate, harass and stalk victims of domestic abuse via the internet. 

Cyberstalking, by definition, is the repeated use of electronic communications to harass or frighten someone. This can include sending threatening e-mails, hacking into one's social media profile or tracking one's location. With the creation of new social media apps such as Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter, cyberstalking is becoming as dangerous as physical stalking.
In fact, here at JCADA, more and more clients are seeking our services due to cyberstalking by their abuser.

There are many steps one can take to protect themselves and prevent cyberstalking. For example, making your social media profiles private, blocking any accounts or people you do not know personally, using different usernames (and passwords) for your social media sites and removing yourself from the search results on the internet. 

If you have any concerns or want to learn more about cyberstalking, please e-mail us at support@jcada.org or call our confidential helpline at 1-877-88-JCADA (52232).

Did You Know There's an It's Not Love® Part II?

Building on the ideas and tools introduced in AWARE®'s core  It's Not Love®, our  It's Not Love® Part II workshop has participants explore one teen couple's relationship to better understand and recognize different types of emotional and verbal abuse. Most recently,  AWARE® brought this workshop to the sophomore class at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. Having participated in the original  It's Not Love® workshop two years prior, this follow-up workshop gave them the space to discuss the challenges of speaking up in an unhealthy situation and practice how to respond. 

Students were asked: 

What is one way you plan to raise 
awareness about teen dating abuse & the importance of healthy relationships?
A healthy 
relationship is...
  • "Talk openly about it with peers."
  • "Recognize when it is happening to help someone in need."
  • "Recommend this workshop."
  • "Tell my family and friends what I learned today."
  • "Make sure my friends can recognize what is healthy and unhealthy."
Want to bring an AWARE® workshop to your school? Contact Kira Doar at 
Immigration Abuse: Another Layer of Isolation, Power & Control

Immigration status is a complicating factor for some JCADA clients. Some victims report their passports or other identification documents being destroyed by their abuser, an abuser intentionally answering questions incorrectly at an immigration interview, or taking away phones and other technology so the victim cannot communicate with relatives in their home country. These are all examples of immigration abuse we see here at JCADA. 

Immigrant victims of domestic abuse often report feeling fearful and extremely isolated, and some may have experienced discrimination or effects of corruption in dealing with law enforcement or government authorities in their home country. These JCADA clients also report feeling apprehensive regarding the upcoming change in presidential administration and how it might affect their immigration status. 

JCADA works with other non-profits and attorneys to provide legal relief to clients experiencing immigration abuse. Furthermore, JCADA is planning an in-service for its clinicians to better identify immigration abuse and to give an overview of the resources available to immigrant survivors. For more information about immigration abuse and how JCADA assists these victims, contact Spencer Cantrell  legal@jcada.org
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