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From the FJC:

Check out the Family Justice Center Foundation's 2011 Annual Gala highlighted in this Comcast Newsmakers clip.

The Family Justice Center and several other Community Partners were highlighted by the media recently. See the stories here:   ABC 7 News  CBS 9 News  Fox 5 News   The Gazette

From the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council:


That’s a Wrap!

The 5th Annual Choose Respect Montgomery Healthy Teen Dating Conference was held on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at the Montgomery College Takoma Park Campus in the Cultural Arts Center. Nearly 300 Montgomery County students, parents and youth service providers were in attendance at this amazing event, hosted by Hot 99.5 DJ Toby Knapp and NBC4 News Reporter Jackie Bensen. This year’s theme was “Piecing Together Healthy Relationships.” In order to break the cycle of domestic violence, it is crucial that teens not only understand the various components that make up healthy and unhealthy relationships, but also recognize the differences.


Attendees participated in brand new, interactive workshops developed by the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA) that sparked important discussions about the many forms that dating abuse can take, including physical, emotional, sexual, financial and technological. Dancers from the Eclipse Dance Company performed three powerful routines related to domestic violence, and Councilmember Phil Andrews presented a proclamation from the County Council recognizing February 2014 as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month in Montgomery County.


The Choose Respect Conference was made possible by the Montgomery County Family Justice Center Foundation through its partnership with Verizon Wireless and Montgomery College. The Domestic Violence Coordinating Council (DVCC) would like to thank David Sears, Jim Walters, Montgomery College, Toby Knapp, Jackie Bensen, JCADA, Chesapeake Counseling Associates, the Teen and Young Adult Health Connection, Eclipse Performing Dance Company, our wonderful workshop facilitators, and all those involved in planning this fantastic event. The 5th Annual Choose Respect Conference was a huge success!


Congratulations to our 2014 Choose Respect PSA Video Contest Winners!

            After a record 55 submissions, the Top 5 Public Service Announcement (PSA) video submissions were recognized at the 5th Annual Choose Respect Conference. Congratulations to our winners, and to everyone who entered this year!


1st Place: 'Control' (Watkins Mill High School) -


2nd Place: 'Draw My Life: A Story of Abuse' (Sherwood High School) -


3rd Place: 'Hall Pass' (Bethesda Chevy Chase High School) -


Honorable Mention: 'Tell Someone' (Northwest High School) -


Honorable Mention: 'Too Common' (Sherwood High School) -

Congratulations to the winners of the 4th Annual Choose Respect Montgomery Teen Dating Public Service Announcement Contest!

1st Place "Wake Up" from Richard Montgomery High School

2nd Place "This is Not Love" from Sherwood High School

3rd Place "Speak Up" from Sherwood High School

Honorable Mentions:

"Teen Dating Violence" from Sherwood High School

"Teenage Domestic Violence" from Sherwood High School

Congratulations to the winners of the 3rd Annual Choose Respect Montgomery Teen Dating Public Service Announcement Contest! 

1st Place from Roberto Clemente Middle School

2nd Place from Sherwood High School

3rd Place from Roberto Clemente Middle School

From JC Partners:

Please visit Verizon's Responsibility Blog to learn about what this FJC partner is doing in the community.  You will see information from March 31, 2010 about Verizon's visit to the Family Justice Center.  Verizon has been a strong supporter of the FJC. 

 Telling amy's story

Please visit the website for Telling Amy's Story by clicking on the picture above. Actress Mariska Hargitay hosts this project which details the events leading up to a domestic violence homicide that occurred in 2001.  The film enlists the personal reflections of the victim's family, coworkers, law enforcement and court personnel in telling her story.

 Current Domestic Violence News:

The White House recently put out this PSA on Domestic Violence.