During Domestic Violence
Awareness Month: WJCS spotlights the importance of working with our youth - boys and girls - to promote healthy relationships. Through the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation's Margaret's Place Program administered by WJCS in Westchester and our agency's network of services, residents of all ages are provided with the education, tools, and support needed
to help foster respect, safety, and non-violence
in their personal lives, schools and communities.
"...Children are often the silent victims of domestic violence. Youth living in homes where domestic violence occurs often live in constant fear, wondering when the abuse will happen again. These kids experience high levels of anger, anxiety, and guilt. Like many victims of domestic violence, children tend to blame themselves. Furthermore, they learn that violence in relationships is acceptable, putting them at greater risk of becoming victims or perpetrators of domestic violence in the future. This is how domestic violence is passed from one generation to the next and why providing services to youth who witness domestic violence is essential. Children in these circumstances need to hear that the abuse is not their fault, abuse is never OK, and that there are ways to communicate without violence. All youth need the education and awareness to help them to identify unhealthy, abusive behaviors so that they can end the cycle of violence, choosing a relationship defined by respect and equal power." Joe Torre
"Embedding services in schools leads to great “circles of influence” as Margaret’s Place students exert positive influence in their schools and communities. These young peopleare moving into adulthood with a more nuanced understanding of violence in relationships and in society, prepared to stand up for themselves and others and to advocate for a more just and peaceful society."
Beth Thompson, LCSW, WJCS Margaret's Place Director
The Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation
Margaret’s Place Program offers a safe place where youth impacted by domestic violence can speak with specially trained social workers on-site in their schools. The program also provides education to all students and the entire school community to help break the cycle
of domestic violence.
The Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation funds a total of 11 Margaret’s Place sites across Westchester, New York City, New Jersey and Los Angeles. At the four sites in Westchester, WJCS serves over 2000 students annually with direct services and reach nearly 3500 through public awareness campaigns.
Further Information about the WJCS network of programs for children, youth and families, please contact Dr. Dinorah Nieves, assistant executive director, Children, Youth and Families at firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about the WJCS Treatment Center for Trauma and Abuse and the Center's Partner Abuse Intervention Program and Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Program, please contact Dr. Liane Nelson, director, Treatment Center for Trauma and Abuse and chief psychologist, at email@example.com
For more information about WJCS, please contact Jan Fisher, director, Public Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT WJCS Founded in 1943, WJCS is one of the largest non-sectarian, not-for-profit human services agencies in Westchester County. We support 20,000 Westchester residents annually to meet challenges and achieve personal success. Services include mental health treatment, a network of literacy, learning and youth development initiatives, residential and non-residential programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism, homecare, geriatric care management and programs and services for older adults, and privately funded programs for the Jewish community.