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When talking about abuse, in any form, language matters. Victims of crime are always listening to find out who is safe. They are looking for subtle hints to reinforce or lessen their feelings of shame and self-blame. By using victim-centered language and naming the violence for what it is, we allow victims and survivors to see that the situation is about power – nothing else.  



Intimate partner violence (IPV) is abuse or aggression that occurs in a romantic relationship. “Intimate partner” refers to both current and former spouses, dating and regular sexual partners.


IPV can range from one episode of violence with lasting impact to chronic and severe episodes over multiple years. IPV can include any of the following types of behavior:

  • Physical Violence

  • Sexual Violence

  • Stalking

  • Psychological Aggression

  • Spiritual Abuse

  • Technology Abuse


When we understand what intimate partner violence is, we can identify it in a variety of forms. Examples include, but are not limited to an intimate partner who:

  • Criticizes or humiliates 

  • Isolates you from others

  • Manipulates and/or lies

  • Threatens or physically hurts

  • Coerces behavior

  • Constantly calls/texts

  • Controls/withholds money

  • Gives unwanted touch

  • Places blame and fault

  • Prevents work or school 


JCADA staff work with our clients until they feel safe and empowered. We help connect survivors to support systems such as family, friends and community.


As our clients work to build independent, safe and secure lives for themselves and their families, we invite you to help us ensure safer communities.


Get involved by becoming knowledgeable about intimate partner violence through Friends of JCADA, bringing our education team to your school or synagogue, or giving to support JCADA's 100% FREE holistic services.

Our role is to support victims where they are and connect them to the resources they need. 

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Abusive behavior, harassment, and gender discrimination have no place in the Jewish community.

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Applying frameworks of Jewish wisdom and accountability,

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