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Journey to Safety

Journey to Safety is the JF&CS response to domestic abuse.

Journey to SafetyJourney to Safety (JTS) is the domestic abuse program of Jewish Family & Children’s Service. We offer support and assistance to all survivors of domestic abuse who contact us, regardless of a person’s religion, beliefs, culture, background, or country of origin. We also provide culturally-competent and religiously-sensitive services specifically for Jewish abuse survivors in addition to services in English and in Russian. All our services are free and confidential.

We are dedicated to preventing domestic and teen dating abuse through education, information, and raising awareness in the Jewish community and beyond.

We invite you to watch our video and learn why domestic abuse is such a serious issue. Help spread the word by sharing it widely.

Our Services (available in English and Russian)

  • Domestic abuse counseling
  • Safety planning
  • Court accompaniment (civil, criminal, and rabbinic courts)
  • Support groups
  • Assistance with finding housing, job training, employment, legal services, and appropriate public benefits
  • Consultation and support for friends, family members, clergy, and community professionals
  • Financial assistance
  • Referral to other JF&CS programs and community services

What should you expect when you call Journey to Safety?


Domestic abuse survivors often face a web of complex and challenging issues, particularly when deciding whether or when to leave an abusive relationship. JTS staff can help friends, family, and coworkers figure out how to best support survivors as they navigate an often difficult and confusing set of decisions and circumstances.

We also speak with clergy, attorneys, therapists, and many other community professionals to help them consider how they might provide the best services, support, and referrals to people who have been – or currently are being – abused.

Why the Jewish Community?

Domestic abuse happens at roughly the same rate in the Jewish community as in the general population. It crosses demographic lines – geographic, denominational (Conservative, Reform, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Renewal, Humanist, etc.), and cultural.

While the myth that domestic abuse doesn’t happen in the Jewish community might continue as an idealized cultural stereotype, the reality for some people in our community is quite different. Denial and silence in the Jewish community allow abuse to continue and create barriers to survivors finding help. Journey to Safety reaches out specifically to the Jewish community with the goals of raising awareness and giving people the information they need to recognize abusive behavior and know how to respond if they see it.

This program is supported by MOVA through a 1984 VOCA grant from the OVC, OJP, US Department of Justice.

For more information, call 781-647-JFCS (5327) or email your questions via our contact us page.

Supported by CJP This program is funded in part by CJP.
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