Signs of Trouble

Relationship Check-Up: Healthy vs. Unhealthy

Rebecca Wurzburger

A fundamental, basic human need is to be in a relationship with a loved one. We are biologically wired to desire relationships with other humans, and it is part of our su

Signs of Abuse

Margaret E. Retter, Esq.

There are many kinds of abusive behavior – psychological, sexual, physical, legal, and economic. The following is a list of some possible signs.This list is not complet

Domestic Violence in the Jewish Community

Margaret E. Retter, Esq.

Domestic violence(1) is a universal problem that cuts across every class in our society. It does not discriminate on the basis of religion, culture, age, education, or ec

Barriers To Leaving Your Marriage

Dorchen A. Leidholdt

Why doesn’t she just leave? Even under the best of circumstances, leaving a relationship is difficult. Violent relationships are complex, and victims in these relations

Safety Planning

Dorchen A. Leidholdt

One of the most important steps that a victim of domestic abuse must do is to create a “safety plan” in case an emergency arises. A safety plan is a “plan of action

Safety Package

Dorchen A. Leidholdt

The following is a list of suggested items that should be included in your “safety package” and should be considered when formulating your “Safety Plan”: DOCUMENT

What Do I Need To Know When I Speak to My Rabbi?

Margaret E. Retter, Esq.

If you are contemplating whether or not to stay with your spouse, (him or her) and you think that you need the advice of your Rav, Rabbi, or Rebbi, here is a list of the

Cycle Of Violence

Dorchen A. Leidholdt

Every survivor of domestic violence has a unique story of abuse. However, while the details are different, abuse often follows a similar pattern. The three-phase cycle of


Dorchen A. Leidholdt

Approximately 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime. Domestic violence results in nearly 2 million injuries and 1,300 deaths nationwide every


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