Abuse in the Jewish Community

Violence in the Jewish Family is Not a Myth

Jewish families have the same levels of domestic violence as non-Jewish families. Domestic violence crosses all economic, ethnic and religious backgrounds, including Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, Ashkenazi, Sephardic, Mizrachi, unaffiliated and interfaith families.

You probably know a woman who has been abused, but she has never told you. You probably know an abuser, who may be a neighbor, a relative, or a well-respected member of the community.

Many battered Jewish women never tell about the abuse because although awareness of domestic violence has been raised, there is disbelief, shame and blame within the Jewish community, and some people still do not believe that abuse happens to Jews.