GREATER WASHINGTON JEWISH COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC ABUSE

Ending Intimate Partner Violence, Empowering Victims, Ensuring Safe Communities

aka JCADA   |   Rockville, MD   |  www.jcada.org

Mission

JCADA's mission is to: support victims of intimate partner violence to become empowered and live safely; educate the community about intimate partner violence and appropriate responses; and prevent future generations from suffering intimate partner violence. JCADA is committed to providing high-quality services to all residents of the Greater Washington DC community without regard to race, national origin, ability, background, faith, gender or sexual orientation.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Ms. Amanda Katz

Main address

PO Box 2266

Rockville, MD 20847 USA

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EIN

52-2259318

NTEE code info

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

Spouse Abuse, Prevention of (I71)

Jewish (X30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Power-based violence, which includes domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating abuse and elder abuse, is a pervasive and life-threatening problem in our community. Since 2000, the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA) has been engaging the Greater Washington area on issues of power and gender-based violence through education and prevention programs, while providing counseling, victim advocacy and legal support to survivors.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

JCADA's Support Services and Educational Programs

Our support services include clinical, legal, and victim advocacy programs. All of our support services are free and not-time limited. Our clinical services include: confidential helpline support; safety planning; crisis counseling; education and therapeutic support groups; individual counseling and therapy; and alternative therapy programs. JCADA's legal services include: direct representation for clients in peace orders, protective orders, and crime victims' rights representations. Finally, JCADA's victim advocacy services include: assistance applying for public benefits that address housing, medical, or transportation concerns; court accompaniment; assistance preparing victim impact statements; and financial planning.

JCADA also has a robust education program that includes professional trainings about intimate partner violence to community members, as well as JCADA's teen dating violence prevention initiative.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Catalogue for Philanthropy "One of the Best" 2021

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

JCADA’s mission is to support victims of power-based violence to become empowered and live safely; educate the community about power-based violence and appropriate responses; and prevent future generations from suffering power-based violence. JCADA’s support services are 100% free and are available to all residents of the Greater Washington community, 14 years old and older, without regard to race, national origin, ability, background, faith, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or immigration status.

JCADA’s support services include: trauma-specific 1:1 therapy (available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Hebrew), trauma-specific therapy groups (available in English and Spanish), resiliency workshops, victim advocacy services, direct legal representation in peace and protective orders and crime victims’ rights, brief information and advice on a range of legal issues related to the violence, access to a HelpLine during business hours, and animal-assisted services through a facility-based therapy dog named Tahoe. All support services are 100% free.

JCADA also facilitates a robust program for prevention of power-based violence through its AWARE® program, with workshops designed for youth ages 4th grade through college. The Greater Washington Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA)'s Prevention, Education, and Training (PET) program provides evidence-based programming to adolescents, young adults, professionals working with young people, as well as parents, teachers, and professionals. The goal of the PET program is to provide a holistic solution for a community grappling with the impact of power-based violence (PBV). Through developmentally-appropriate adolescent programs, the AWARE program works toward the primary prevention of dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, sexual harassment, and domestic violence. Simultaneously, the program introduces services to adolescents who are experiencing or witnessing PBV in their communities.

JCADA has a professional training program, Building Better Allies (BBA), to help organizations learn to address power-based violence in their workspaces. BBA works with youth and adult serving professionals to help them identify PBV and work to address the issues in a trauma-focused and victim-centered way. By working with schools and community organizations, JCADA is able to provide Two-Three Generations of prevention and education programming in one setting. JCADA also conducts community education workshops for members of the community who are interested in learning more about power-based violence or power-based violence in religiously marginalized communities.

JCADA’s clinical team makes use of cutting edge, evidence-based strategies to help people process trauma. JCADA’s Clinical Director is
certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)®, and many of our clinicians are also able to provide this therapy. JCADA clinicians were also trained in Somatic Experiencing® and Sand Tray therapy.

JCADA’s Legal Services Program provides victims of power-based violence with direct legal representation in Protective Orders, Peace Orders, and Crime Victims’ Rights Representation.

JCADA’s newest initiative is our Victim Advocacy Program. Launched in January of 2018, this program has expanded to fill a tremendous gap in services offered to our clients. JCADA’s Victim Advocacy services include: Providing assistance with basic necessities (grocery or gas gift cards); Case management; Utilizing community resource and referral partners to secure financial, transportation, clothing, relocation, and employment assistance; Emergency cell phones; Court accompaniment as well as accompaniment to other hearings; Managing JCADA’s volunteer financial planner; Helping apply for public benefits and other government programs; Helping clients enroll in the Address Confidentiality Program; Assisting clients with applications or paperwork for a variety of case needs; and Safety planning.

In order to prevent power based violence, JCADA developed the AWARE® program prevention initiative for youth and young adults in 6th
grade to college. Since creation in 2009, AWARE® has engaged over 14,000 teens, parents, and educators. JCADA facilitates workshops and provides ongoing training and consultation about power-based violence for communities, schools, and leaders. Our workshops vary in topic and scope as we train on subjects related to domestic abuse, sexual and workplace harassment and elder abuse. We provide: Clergy trainings and an online resource center; Power based violence workshops and training for service providers and community members;
Community forums; Conference sessions; Lunch and learns; and Educational panels on domestic violence.

As of 2019, JCADA has entered into Memoranda of Understanding or other written partnerships with the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCCADV), DC Coalition to End Sexual Violence (DCCESV), DC Domestic Violence Mental Health Continuum, DC Victim Assistance Network (DCVAN) , the Fairfax Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC), Fairfax County Domestic Violence Network, Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Actin Alliance, Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA), Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women, Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, Montgomery County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, Montogemery County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team, the Montgomery County Family Justice Center (FJC), ElderSAFE and DC SAFE.

These partnerships create a direct referral source from the major mainstream providers in three jurisdictions to JCADA’s legal, clinical, and advocacy services. We have expanded our capacity to handle a high volume of clients by adding clinicians, lawyers and advocates to our team. As a recognized community partner, we participate in local task forces and working groups committed to our shared goal of ending the cycle of domestic violence in our community. We are dedicated to avoiding duplication of services.

Our newest endeavor is a community engagement program called Friends of JCADA. Through educational opportunities we aim to inform our partners in the community with ways they can join our movement to eradicate power-based violence. Friends of JCADA will be invited to regularly scheduled “Lunch & Learns,” Advocacy Workshops, and special events. By connecting with more partners in the Greater Washington Area, we will increase giving, advocacy for our agency, and eliminate power-based violence through prevention programs.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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GREATER WASHINGTON JEWISH COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC ABUSE

Board of directors
as of 05/27/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Selma Kunitz

No Affiliation

Term: 2021 - 2023

Selma Kunitz

Kathy Mincin

Lee Ann Anderson

Amy Lancellotta

Joyce Schneider

Amy Lancellotta

David Gamse

Susan Schor

Tara Marshall-Hill

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/27/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Jewish
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/28/2021

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Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.