Wife Abuse, Drugs and Silence

By Elizabeth R. deBeer

Lilith Publications, Inc., Summer 1998

The author describes how Jews -- like others -- are capable of evils such as wife-battering, just as they are susceptible to the substance abuse that may go along with it. It is a slow process, but the laws are changing to help battered women. But it is only a beginning. Rabbis need to be educated as to the existence of battering. Social workers, psychiatrists, medical and rabbinical teachers must also train their students to be aware of family violence. They need to believe those who seek help and to ask clients outright if physical abuse is a problem. People have to believe that battering occurs -- even in Jewish families -- before they can help. Victims must believe it. Batterers must believe it. And Jewish leaders must believe it. Throughout history, Jews have come together to escape evil. Today we must do it again to chase domestic violence out of our homes. We've got to realize that peace on earth begins at home.

Topic: Communal Responsibility, Social Services, Violence, Abuse, Substance Abuse, Women, Clergy

Name of Publication: Lilith

Editor: Weidman Schneider, Susan

Volume/Issue: 20

Page Number(s): 6-9

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
deBeer, Elizabeth R. Wife Abuse, Drugs and Silence. Lilith. Lilith Publications, Inc.. Summer 1998: 6-9. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=10644


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