Ending Domestic Violence: A Letter From Joe Torre and More

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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

Click here to read some important insights and the entire letter from 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 people are 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

Click here to read the entire article and to learn about the positive impact of Margaret's Place.

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.

Click here to read more
or contact Beth Thompson at

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

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

For more information about WJCS, please contact Jan Fisher, director, Public Affairs, at
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.
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845 North Broadway, White Plains, New York 10603

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