About us Mission, vision and values One woman in four will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime. One woman in five will experience sexual assault in her lifetime. All women are affected, regardless of age, education, class, lifestyle or religion; the Jewish community is no different. JWA's vision is of a world without violence against women and girls. We exist to help end violence against women and girls in the Jewish community, and to support Jewish women and children affected by it. "Thank you does not seem enough. Thank you for being there in a very dark period of my life. Having someone listen to me and letting me ramble on as I was trying to make sense of it all has helped enormously.... You have given me back myself. The greatest gift I could ever have received. Thank you, God bless you all." 'Sarah', 37 Jewish Women's Aid (JWA) was founded to support the thousands of Jewish women who, each year, will face physical, emotional, psychological, sexual or economic abuse from within their own close family. JWA now also supports Jewish women affected by sexual violence. No Jewish woman affected by domestic abuse should have to face this alone. JWA is here to help. "I was struggling to leave my abusive husband and was extremely fearful as to what my future held for me. I had no idea how to leave him, how to deal with the fallout of leaving, what my next steps were and who I needed to speak to." 'Nadine', 28 Our mission is to: Support and empower women and girls who are affected by domestic violence & abuse in their intimate relationships, and/or sexual violence; Increase awareness, education and understanding in order to prevent violence against women and girls in the Jewish community; Provide client-centered support for women and children, by women. "JWA helped me step by step, guiding me through this journey at my pace. The support they have given me has been invaluable.... I am incredibly grateful for JWA's support." 'Debra', 34 We are committed to: Providing a confidential, non-judgemental and culturally sensitive service Working with women and children across all sectors of the Jewish community, and respecting their choices Collaborative working Forward thinking and continuous development Being feminist in our understanding of violence against women and girls Being diverse and anti-discriminatory within our operational framework. What we do: We support and empower Jewish women and girls who are experiencing sexual and/or domestic violence, in a culturally sensitive way. We provide: Immediate practical and emotional support to Jewish women affected by domestic abuse through our Client Support team, and those affected by sexual violence through our specialist Dina Service; Advocacy and advice, helping to decrease women's level of risk; The Dina Service, supporting Jewish survivors of sexual violence; Flexible counselling, for up to two years; Children's therapy; Training for communal professionals and other awareness-raising in the community; Healthy relationships education in Jewish secondary schools; Safer Dating outreach project to 16-25s; Sexual Harassment training and support for Jewish communal organisations.