Click here for Connecting to Safety and Stability: Domestic Violence Needs Assessment of Chicago published by the Social IMPACT Research Center, a Heartland Alliance Program.

Click here for information about the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Jewish Community Against Sex Trafficking (JCAST) Chicago 
Did you know that there are 16,000 children in our city, suburbs, and collar counties sexually exploited in the commercial sex trade?  Become a part of the collective JEWISH VOICE to combat sex trafficking!!  JCAST Chicago, an initiative of  NCJW Chicago North Shore, raises awareness about sex trafficking, develops community service projects, and advocates for policies and programs at the local, state, and federal level.  Meetings are held in the city and northern suburbs.

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Trafficked Teens Chicago Project
Trafficked Teens consists of life-sized silhouettes of teenage girls with accompanying personal stories and fast facts about sex trafficking. Figures will be used as part of an awareness campaign to educate Chicago-area congregations, organizations, parents of adolescents, youth groups and college groups on this pernicious form of modern slavery.

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Court Watch
Every 12 seconds a woman is beaten and every 6 hours a woman is killed in the United States. Why? Domestic Violence. It has been shown that a powerful way to reduce DV is to have courtwatch programs. Court watch programs make those involved in the judicial process aware of public interest and concern, and enable advocacy for needed services. Court Watch Volunteers observe courtroom proceedings and fill out forms that ensure fair legal treatment of the victims of domestic violence. NCJW has a Court Watch program at the Second Municipal District of the Circuit Court of Cook County, 5600 Old Orchard Road, Skokie which needs volunteers. Your commitment is very flexible – go as often or little as you wish. Your presence will be felt in the court. Training is available for new Court Watchers.

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Silent Witness Initiative
The Silent Witness Initiative is a traveling exhibit which raises domestic violence awareness. NCJW Chicago North Shore Section is the founder and coordinator of the Illinois Silent Witness Exhibit, a powerful display of red life-size female silhouettes representing local victims of domestic violence. Each silhouette bears a plaque telling the story of an Illinois woman who lost her life through domestic violence. The display conveys a powerful message of tragedy and loss. With One Picture.

For more information on Silent Witness visit

To learn how you can be a part of the Silent Witness Initiative, email

Luggage for Freedom
Luggage for Freedom is an initiative of NCJW Chicago North Shore Section. Its goal is to provide a sense of dignity to women who are staying at and transitioning out of domestic violence and homeless shelters, by giving them a suitcase packed with some personal and household items. To that end, Luggage for Freedom provides gently used luggage packed with new towels, new sheets, and new toiletries to women leaving local domestic violence shelters to start their lives anew. We also provide backpacks filled with books and stuffed animals for children. We pack an average of approximately 200 suitcases and over 100 backpacks and deliver them to 9 local shelters. Luggage for Freedom has an incredible ability to directly impact women and children in a positive way, at a time when they are most vulnerable.

To find out more and to become a part of Luggage for Freedom, e-mail

To make a monetary donation to Luggage for Freedom, use the button below.


View our Upcoming Events for the next Luggage for Freedom collection and packing dates.