MCFJC Foundation Virtual 11K Walk/Run

Thu October 1 - Sat October 31, 2020


The MCFJC Foundation is happy to announce our First Virtual 11k during October 2020 – Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 11K to mark 11 years of support to victims of domestic violence and their children.  The purpose of this event is to raise awareness in the community not only about domestic violence but about the catastrophic effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on victims of domestic violence and their children and to raise funds to support them.

The $35 registration fee includes a medal. Walk, run or stroll 11k (6.835 miles) any time, any place during the month of October and share your progress with our hashtag ~ #MoCoFJC11K.

Sponsorships Available

Logo recognition on the event website still available.


Click here to see more about our sponsors.

2020 Planning Committee

Catherine Albornoz
Resa Levy
Jessica Jones
Sally Katz
Cheryl Kravitz
Lisa Mandel-Trupp
Kat Posada
Alison Praisner-Klumpp
Eshigo Okasili
Rory Richardson
Carrie Sauer
Kristy Warren
Susan Weinstein

COVID-19 is having a terrible impact on victims of abuse, and we need your help!

Ways to Support the MCFJC Foundation

$1 per card is donated to the Foundation to help victims of domestic violence. Search for MCFJC Foundation under Peace & Justice. Click Here to send an Eco Card.

Select us and when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the MCFJC Foundation. Click Here to sign up for AmazonSmile.

  • In the U.S. Approximately 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner.
  • Prolonged stress and anxiety increase the frequency and severity of abuse.
  • Gun sales are surging nationwide – victims of domestic violence are five times more likely to be killed when their abuser owns a gun.
  • 6 million Americans filed for unemployment within the last few weeks. Unemployment increases the use of alcohol, which increases the severity and frequency of domestic violence.
  • With school and activities being cancelled because of COVID-19 quarantined children must stay at home.  This increases the risk of children being abused.

FREE services for victims of domestic violence available during the COVID-19 crisis:

The Family Justice Center (FJC)
Transportation to and/or from the Center is available for those who need it.
Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 5:00pm
Call: 240-773-0444
Walk-in: 600 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 500, Rockville, MD 20852

Abused Persons Program 
Call: 240-777-4195

For 24-Hour Assistance: The Montgomery County Crisis Center 
Call: 240-777-4000

The Montgomery County Family Violence Awareness and Prevention Campaign

Helping Victims of Domestice Violence During COVID-19

Children & Abuse Information

RespectFEST Has Been Postponed Until Fall 2020

RespectFest 2020 was scheduled for March 29, 2020.
Due to the health challenges posed by COVID-19,
it will be rescheduled for Fall 2020.

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Financial Literacy

Financial literacy is a key to self-sufficiency. Self-sufficiency is a key to independent thinking. Independence is a critical piece in providing a better chance for a domestic violence victim to leave – and not return – to an abusive relationship.

The MCFJC Foundation, aware that victims of domestic violence are a vulnerable population who are oftentimes financially underserved and underbanked, is working with a local financial institution on a special project to help FJC clients (many of whom have never had access to any money of their own!) develop financial literacy and financial capacity.

For more information on Financial Abuse visit or

To learn more about our Financial Literacy Program.

The goal is to help the client become totally financial fit. Elements of the on-going program include both general understandings as well as specific “how to’s”:

  • Why financial independence is critical
  • How financial independence helps break the inter generational cycle of violence
  • How do I learn how to budget?
  • Interactive discussions and Q & A events for parents and middle and high school students around the issue of financial literacy
  • Selecting a bank or credit union that will be best for you
  • How to open an account
  • Establishing your own credit (or credit repair!
  • Saving – no matter how small!
  • Keeping your banking information safe

What is a Family Justice Center?

The Friends of the Family Justice Center is one of only approximately 40 centers located in the United States and other countries.  The concept is to create a family-friendly environment in which a multi-disciplinary team of professionals works together in one, centralized location to provide coordinated services to victims of family violence.

Prior to the Center’s opening in Montgomery County, victims of domestic violence would have to visit as many as 20 different agencies to receive vital services and assistance.  With victims often escaping their situations with only the clothes on their back and no transportation, this made an already challenging situation nearly impossible.

Our Mission

The mission of the MCFJC Foundation is two-fold:  we support the work of the Montgomery County Family Justice Center by raising funds and providing services to victims of domestic violence and their children; and we raise awareness regarding the impact of domestic violence and outreach to the County’s youth to help teach about healthy relationships. A non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, The MCFJC Foundation works to help strengthen the lives of families affected by domestic violence and relationship abuse and break the cycle of violence in future generations.

We look forward to the day when the scourge of domestic violence – emotional, psychological and physical abuse – will no longer be a factor in the lives of our friends and neighbors in Montgomery County.