October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional abuse.

Jewish Family Services (JFS) provides mental health and counseling services to survivors of domestic violence including sexual assault and human trafficking. We have expanded our services and local outreach through a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant award of $1.6 million over five years and a special collaboration with the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s SHOFAR (Safeguarding Healthy Families and Relationships) initiative.

The impact of domestic violence is devastating to individuals who have experienced it, the families and friends who have lost a loved one as a result and our society as a whole.

About the podcast: Listen to part of Nancy’s interview by clicking the play button below. 

On October 20th The 411Live featured “Hidden In Plain Sight” to promote Domestic Violence Awareness Month recognized in October.  Nancy H. Stone M.S., LPC, a Jewish Family Services clinician who specializes in services to survivors of domestic violence provided insight on how to detect violence that is “hidden in plain sight” with details on how it begins, when it intensifies, and when it becomes dangerous. During the discussion, 411Live host, Beverly Taylor, highlighted some of Nancy Stone’s expert advice, “An abuser is not abusive 100% of the time.”

In this podcast, Nancy is candid about the realities of domestic violence with statistics on the prevalence rates and the consequences it has on families and economies. Nancy Stone also describes the different forms of abuse and the best methods of helping someone through them.  Nancy says, “In a rational relationship, problems have solutions, but in an abusive relationship, problems become problems.”

Watch the podcast to learn the subtle warning signs from a family, friend or coworker that show they could potentially be experiencing domestic violence.