Thursday, September 26, 2013

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) is a national leader in the fight to
end domestic violence by raising awareness about this social issue. By supporting
existing activities, working with various established programs,
and initiating educational opportunities for club members and
local citizens, the goal of the GFWC Signature Project: Domestic
Violence Awareness and Prevention is to increase awareness
and prevention of the widespread occurrence of domestic abuse
in communities across the nation.

The GFWC Signature Project:
Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention also works to
combat child abuse, teen dating violence, and elder abuse.

NJSFWC Clubwomen have organized many projects and fundraisers to increase awareness and
support to local domestic violence centers.

– One in three teenagers report knowing a
friend or peer who has been hit, punched,
kicked, slapped, choked or physically hurt by
his or her partner.
– Each year approximately one in four
adolescents reports verbal, physical,
emotional or sexual abuse.
– About one in 11 teens report being a victim
of physical dating abuse each year.
– More than one in four teenage girls in a
relationship (26%) report enduring repeated
verbal abuse.
– Almost 70% of young women who have
been raped knew their rapist either as a
boyfriend, friend, or casual acquaintance.
– The majority of teen dating abuse occurs in
the home of one of the partners.
– Nearly one in five teenage girls who have
been in a relationship said a boyfriend
had threatened violence or self-harm if
presented with a break-up.
– One in four teens who have been in a serious
relationship say their boyfriend or girlfriend
has tried to prevent them from spending
time with friends or family; the same number
have been pressured to only spend time with
their partner.

Sunday, September 8, 2013


The NJSFWC has developed a Day of Service, to be celebrated by all clubs on Make A Difference Day. This year the national event is on Saturday, October 26th.

This year the clubs have been asked to collect a variety of items for Family Promise, the 2012-14 Special State project. Because the Family Promise facilities are small and have limited storage, our overage will be shared with other non profits, such as the Domestic Violence Shelters. Thus the name of our Day of Service will be called: Day of Service - Day of Sharing.

Suggested items for clubs and individuals to collect are as follows:

Welcome Home Buckets or Buckets: containers filled with kitchen supplies, such as pot holders, tea towels, measuring spoons & cups, cooking utensils.

Tool Kits:
supplies such as hammer, screwdrivers, picture hooks, package of nails, flashlight, battery operated lantern, tape measure.

Activity Bags: canvas bag/tote bag filled with construction paper, colored pencils, crayons, card games, washable markers, glue sticks, DVD's.

Goodnight Bags: pajama's, children's book, pajama bottoms for older children.

If you would like to make a donation to this effort, please visit the NJSFWC website, click on 'clubs' and find a woman's club near you to contact.