Higher Ground

NCJW's Domestic Violence Campaign

Higher Ground: NCJW's Domestic Violence Campaign


Higher Ground: NCJW’s Campaign against Domestic Violence is a national effort to end power-based personal violence and increase survivors’ autonomy by improving the economic status of women. Grounded in the understanding that economic security is critical to women’s safety, Higher Ground educates and mobilizes advocates, community members, and decision-makers to promote progressive policy solutions that champion economic justice.

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What is Higher Ground?

Higher Ground: NCJW’s Campaign against Domestic Violence champions economic independence for women as a way to help eliminate domestic violence and create a more stable financial foundation for all families. Help ensure that no woman has to choose between financial security and personal safety by taking part in the Higher Ground campaign.

How did Higher Ground get started?

In 2009, a small taskforce of NCJW volunteers and staff met to discuss the direction and scope of a new campaign focused on ending violence against women. During its research phase, that taskforce learned that one of the best predictors of whether a victim of violence will be able to stay away from her abuser is her degree of economic independence.  Just as violence against women impacts women of every age, color, religion, ethnicity, and geographic area, so too is economic independence a challenge for women from every socioeconomic background. By working to improve women’s economic status, NCJW found that it could help eradicate one of the largest systemic reasons that violence against women persists: lack of economic independence and security. In March 2010 NCJW launched Higher Ground: NCJW’s Campaign Against Domestic Violence at their Washington Institute with guest speaker Eve Ensler, an internationally renowned anti-violence activist and playwright. 

What does Higher Ground do today?

NCJW members are active across the country on local, state, and national issues impacting domestic violence and economic justice. These include community service projects, educational events, partnerships with domestic violence shelters, and policy advocacy for state and federal laws that benefit survivors and their families.

What does NCJW mean when we say …

  • Domestic violence – Domestic violence, sometimes referred to as intimate partner violence, is physical, emotional, verbal, sexual, or economic abuse by a current or former intimate partner, such as spouses or dating partners. Domestic violence to people who are heterosexual and those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT). People of all sexes can be survivors of domestic violence, though 85% of victims identify as women.
  • Sexual violence – Sexual violence is the spectrum of sexual harassment from unwanted comments to sexual assault and rape. Sexual violence does not need to include forced penetration and can happen to people of all sexes, genders, and sexual orientations. Women, girls, and LGBT people are at particularly high risk for having a person or group of people sexually assault or harass them.
  • Power-based personal violence – an umbrella term that includes domestic and sexual violence, stalking, and child abuse. Sometimes called “gender-based violence.”
  • Economic security – Economic or financial security is the condition of having stable income or other resources to support a basic standard of living now and in the foreseeable future.
  • Economic justice – Economic justice focuses specifically on the right of all people to safe, secure and sustainable livelihoods that enable a decent standard of living. All people are entitled to just working conditions, including fair wages, equal pay for equal work, and safe work spaces, as well as to economic supports when needed to maintain their basic needs, such as food and shelter. 


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