Kiwanis June 18 Meeting Program: Regina Braham of New Jersey Battered Women Services spoke about the important work of the organization.
JBWS does not have a store-front so it is harder for clients to find their services. They began in 1976 providing a hot-line service where clients could call and ask for help. Since then, the agency has added housing services and extended the program to include young people. Regina showed a short DVD which explained the problems with violence in relationships. She also handed out brochures and described how JBWS help their clients. They address safety, the cycle of violence, help people become self-sufficient, and counter the social norms that allow domestic violence to continue.
They have a shelter, a hot line, legal support and counseling. Many clients have multiple problems that make the problem even worse. Programs are aimed at preventing the problem from developing. Education in public schools is provided to help young men develop healthy relationships. Women recovering from abuse are helped to return to a productive and happy life. Misuse of power in a relationship is no longer being acceptable. Progress is being made.
Regina closed with a quote that has been making the rounds on Facebook. We need to teach our daughters to know the difference between: A man who flatters her and a man who compliments her; A man who spends money on her and a man who invests in her; A man who views her as property and a man who views her properly; A man who lusts after her and a man who loves her; A man who believes he's a gift to women and a man who believes she's a gift to him. And then we need to teach our sons to be that kind of man.
Members of the audience enthusiastically applauded the presentation. Please visit the JBWS website to learn more about the good work of this organization.