Domestic Abuse Prevention and Education

Domestic Violence Prevention

JCARES offers outreach, prevention and education services designed to increase awareness, further understanding, and provide a culturally sensitive, holistic response to abuse in Jewish homes and families. Rooted in Jewish values and empowered by the combined strength of coalition members, JCARES is a catalyst for systemic change that supports healthy relationships, homes and communities. 


Its primary programs are:


JCARES Coalition

JCARES efforts are envisioned and guided by a 50+ member coalition that includes representation from Jewish and secular social service, mental health, domestic violence and sexual assault agencies; synagogues; funders; and governmental and municipality entities; as well as advocates and community leaders and stakeholders. The Coalition is a catalyst for new and strengthened partnerships and collaborative action. Click here for more details.

Education & Advocacy

Professional Training Institute

The JCARES Professional Training Institute is an ongoing series of education sessions for cross-discipline professionals, advocates and community leaders. Participants learn, network and engage in conversations about abuse through a broad lens that spans generations. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for social workers/counselors, ICDVPs for domestic violence professionals, and CPDU’s for educators. Click here for more details.


On-Site Education

JCARES provides on-site tailored educational sessions for organizations, youth groups, parents, and others on a variety of topics including Treating Jewish Abuse Victims with Sensitivity and Cultural Competency, Keeping Children Safe, and Building and Sustaining a Successful Collaboration. Click here for more details.



JCARES Advocacy efforts emphasize innovative, collaborative action that influences legislation; impacts policies; and transforms attitudes and behaviors about violence prevention, intervention and treatment. JCARES participates on the Jewish Federation Government Affairs Committee, the Family Violence Coordinating Councils, the Children's Advocacy Center Network of Treatment Providers.


For more information about JCARES Education or Advocacy efforts, Contact Betsy Lazerow, JCARES Outreach Coordinator ( or 847.745.5430).

Partnership for Safer Communities

JCARES offers programming, consultation and support for schools, synagogues, camps and other institutions and institutional leadership with a goal of building overall health and wellness.

Project Shield

Project Shield works in partnership with the community to build safe, healthy Jewish relationships and families by heightening awareness and providing education about child sexual abuse. Click here for more details about Project Shield.

Safer Synagogues/Shuls

Safer Synagogues/Shuls engages congregational leadership - clergy, professional and lay - in learning and discussion about the impact of abuse across the lifespan, improving congregant's access to support, and coordinated community strategies that perpetuate healthy, peaceful homes, families and relationships. Click here for more details.  

Safer Schools

Safer Schools is targeted to Orthodox Jewish Day Schools. Administrators, teachers, staff, parents, and students engage in education and training about healthy relationships, handling accusations or disclosures of unhealthy or unsafe behavior, and corresponding legal responsibilitites. Click here for more details.

Safer Camps

Safer Camps supports Jewish day and overnight camp administration and counselors by heightening their understanding of the signs and symptoms of child abuse and molestation, establishing healthy boundaries, responding to disclosures or suspicions of unhealthy behaviors, and mandated reporting laws. Click here for more details.


Support & Funding

JCARES is supported by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, the Michael Reese Health Trust and other generous supporters. JCFS is a partner in serving the community supported by the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation.
For more information, please email Betsy Lazerow, JCARES Outreach Coordinator at or call 847.745.5430.