Education & Prevention
Preventing domestic violence, JBWS' overarching mission, is an immense task that requires a community-wide effort. Despite marked improvement in the legal protection available to victims, domestic violence is still a largely underreported crime in Morris County. Too many victims and their families are not receiving the help they so desperately need. As a result, domestic violence is destroying families and its effects are spilling over into our neighborhoods, social and family gatherings, schools, businesses, hospitals, courts, houses of worship and generations to come.
The vision of JBWS is to create a community-wide culture that refuses to tolerate the presence of any form of family or partner violence. To do so will require a shift in the cultural norms that have historically viewed family violence as a private matter, while excusing the batterer and blaming the victim. Education is the first step toward a cultural shift in our norms. A knowledgeable, skilled, and sensitive community will be better able to 1) promote healthy relationships, 2) recognize the early warning signs of domestic and dating violence, and 3) more readily access services.
JBWS invites members of the community to become part of the solution.