Needs Assessment Reports

As part of a long term campaign to develop a comprehensive collaborative strategy to tend violence in the Jewish community, JWI developed a two parts needs assessment study. In 2003-2004, with support from the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Jewish Women’s Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, JWI conducted two needs assessments: a national baseline tool and a community based study that could be replicated by other communities. Independently these two qualitative studies have value in their own right, but together they affirm that domestic abuse is a significant issue adversely impacting Jewish homes and families and that the needs of all those affected by the abuse are unmet. 

Key findings from the needs assessments clearly demonstrate that if we are serious about better serving families trapped in the cycle of abuse, primarily the women and children of those families, then we must be committed to providing better support services, increased funding for programs and services, appropriate training for advocates, service providers, and rabbis. If we are serious about ending abuse and creating a model for how a faith community responds, we must give the issue greater visibility, fully fund programs serving victims, and educate our youth about healthy relationships. 

JWI is available to help other communities develop and conduct their own needs assessments. Contact for information.

You can download the summary, or view it below. You can purchase the full report in our shop.


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