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JCCV & AJP Partner to offer support to Victims & Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse

JCCV & AJP Partner to offer support to Victims & Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse

01 August 2011

The Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) and Australian Jewish Psychologists Inc (AJP) have partnered to offer support to those who have been affected by the latest child abuse scandal.

This support extends to victims, perpetrators and their families, all of whom may have been deeply affected by the alleged abuse, media coverage of the matter and reactions in the community.

“As professionals we are trained to treat trauma regardless of whether it is associated with the alleged perpetrator, victim, or associated family and friends,” said AJP President Dr Nicky Jacobs.

Anyone requiring counselling by experienced Jewish psychologists should call the JCCV on (03) 9272 5566 and your number will be passed on to AJP. Callers are not required to provide their names to ensure anonymity, however should they wish to provide them,  their call will be kept strictly confidential.

JCCV President John Searle said: “As the voice of Victorian Jewry, we are pleased to be able to assist in ensuring that those in our community who are in need of counselling receive the support they require. As AJP is an affiliate of the JCCV and does not have a reception facility, we are more than happy to be able to offer our services to ensure this important work is done”.

“The JCCV will also be hosting a community education evening on 14th August that focuses on empowering our children to be safe from child sexual assault. A number of experts will be presenting.”

AJP was established in 2000 in response to the Maccabiah bridge disaster in Israel. The organisation aims to make a professional contribution to the Jewish community and provide a forum for discussion of issues relevant to Jewish psychologists.

AJP members are all volunteers and are registered psychologists, many of whom speak Yiddish, Hebrew and other languages.

For further information, please contact:

John Searle, President JCCV – (03) 9272 5566
Michelle Coleman, Executive Director JCCV – (03) 9272 5579

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