At the second annual Stand up for Shalom Bayit (Peace in the Home) Met Council and 30 volunteers canvassed the streets of Murray Hill, distributing lipstick cases with contact information on where victims can receive help to raise awareness of the alarming increase of domestic violence incidents in New York City.
“Family Violence is a horrible crime that victimizes our most vulnerable — and members of New York City’s faith based communities are not immune,” said Met Council’s CEO and Executive Director David M. Frankel. “As a leading social service provider in the Jewish community across our City, it is the responsibility of Met Council to confront this crisis and speak out on behalf of victims. Our extraordinary staff is specially trained to assist victims of family violence and has expertise with issues specific to New York City’s Jewish and immigrant communities.”
“Stand up for Shalom Bayit is one of many important programs UJA-Federation of New York is proud to support during Jewish Social Action Month (JSAM),” said Nathaniel Klein, co-chair of JSAM. “Community focused initiatives like this one truly help strengthen our communal ability to help people in need, and underscore the core Jewish value of creating a better world.”
Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty is a leader in addressing the needs of domestic violence victims in New York City’s Jewish and immigrant communities. Our staff acts as a bridge between these communities and the City systems set up to protect them. With the recent rise in reported domestic violence in the Jewish community, Met Council’s culturally sensitive services are in demand more than ever before. Last year, Met Council assisted more than 520 clients in person, counseled more than 700 clients via our hotline, and distributed more than $280,000 in private funds to empower victims to obtain safety and work towards self sufficiency.
During Domestic Awareness Month, Met Council mobilized to provide information and resources that empower women to leave their dangerous situations. Stand Up for Shalom Bayit is supported by a grant from UJA-Federation of New York.