Jewish Community Urged to Deal with Wife Abuse

By Barbara Trainin

Lilith Publications, Inc., Spring 1985

The myth that Jews don't beat their wives has led to widespread denial even when the facts are glaringly different. All battered women suffer from society's tendency to blame the victim, either for allegedly provoking the attack or for not walking away from it. But Jewish women may experience this to an even greater degree. Since it is assumed that wife abuse is rare or even nonexistent among Jews, any woman who gets beaten is seen as deserving it. The centrality of the family and the denial syndrome also play a crucial role in what speakers considered the inadequate response of most rabbis.

Topic: Communal Responsibility, Abuse, Crime, Family, Marriage, Clergy

Editor: Weidman Schneider, Susan

Volume/Issue: Issue 12/13

Page Number(s): 8; 44

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Trainin, Barbara. Jewish Community Urged to Deal with Wife Abuse. Lilith Publications, Inc.. Spring 1985: 8; 44.


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