Milwaukee Jewish Federation >> SHOFAR
Important message concerning social distancing and social isolation
Dear Community Members,
The recent COVID-19 pandemic calls upon us to maintain health and safety by using a strategy called social distancing as well as self-quarantines for people who are ill or exposed to illness. These measures are a matter of public safety to ensure healthy individuals, families and communities as much as possible during this unprecedented time.
However, this combination of social isolation and increased societal stress creates an increased risk for domestic violence for many of our friends and family members. SHOFAR, an initiative of Jewish Family Service and the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, calls on all community members to reach out to loved ones who may be at increased risk for violence in their relationship during this time.
When you are home, please consider taking a few minutes each day to reach out to friends, family members, and neighbors to check-in. You can start by simply asking “are you OK?” You can follow-up by asking if they are safe, if they need anything, if they are feeling scared and listen closely to their answers. For these loved ones, always remember that a potential abuser may be with them.
If your gut says that they may be in danger, then call the Sojourner Family Peace Center 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline at 414-933-2722.
As an additional resource, the National Domestic Hotline offers 24/7/365 support in more than 200 languages by calling 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
Please also feel free to email the JFS clinic for additional information: firstname.lastname@example.org JFS will get back to within 24 hours Monday – Friday.
Are you in a relationship with someone who…
Keeps track of your time? Makes it difficult for you to see others, go to school, see the doctor, or go to work? Destroys your belongings? Hurts you, your children or pets? Controls your money? Mocks you or your beliefs? Forces you to be intimate?
Domestic abuse is never acceptable and it is not your fault. Get help now.
Learn about community training opportunities, awareness events and other resources.
SHOFAR (Safeguarding Healthy Families and Relationships) is an initiative of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation that addresses child sexual abuse, sexual harassment and domestic violence.