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Spouse Abuse in Religious Families: Some Myths and Realities

Orthodox Union (OU), Spring 1998

This piece dispels some of the myths surrounding spousal abuse in religious families. For example, abuse is not the same as normal marital arguments. Abuse is an ongoing pattern of power and control that progressively limits the thoughts, words and actions of the victim, out of fear of the abuser. Abuse is like addiction: it never gets better by itself and it requires in-depth work by the abuser to change his/her way of relating to others. When there is abuse in a marriage, couples counseling cannot help until there is first a change in the abuser and he or she stops the abuse for good.

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

Name of Publication: Jewish Action

Volume/Issue: Vol.58/no.3

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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

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Spouse Abuse in Religious Families: Some Myths and Realities. Jewish Action. Orthodox Union (OU). Spring 1998: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=10642


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