Taking Domestic Violence to Task

By Jeannie Silver

Orthodox Union (OU), Spring 1998

Domestic violence in the Orthodox community is like a tear in the lining of a beautiful garment. The wearer of the garment knows it exists and feels it ripping, giving way with time. It is hidden from the outside observer until the damaged material slips out from underneath and becomes visible. There is no question that the Orthodox community is mobilizing against this ugly problem. What else is needed? More community education; a pool of trained lawyers willing to work pro-bono for clients who often have no money and no access to family funds (a common manifestation of abuse); Orthodox social workers willing to work on a sliding scale; advocates trained and ready to accompany a woman to beis din or court. In cases where all else has failed and divorce is the only solution, women in abusive relationships may have difficulty obtaining a get from a recalcitrant husband. Rabbis are needed who are ready to go the extra mile to do everything possible towards achieving a speedy resolution.

Topic: Communal Responsibility, Orthodox Judaism, Violence, Abuse, Family

Name of Publication: Jewish Action

Volume/Issue: Vol.58/no.3

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

Copyright Information: Reprinted with permission from Jewish Action, the magazine of the Orthodox Union (Spring 5758/1998 Vol. 58 No. 3 ).

Bibliographic Information:
Silver, Jeannie. Taking Domestic Violence to Task. Jewish Action. Orthodox Union (OU). Spring 1998: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=10640


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