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Why Do Women Stay?

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6 Early Warning Signs of an Abusive Relationship

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SHALVA Responds to National Discussion on Domestic Violence

Ray Rice of the National Football League, has unwittingly brought the complexity and pervasiveness of the issues surrounding domestic abuse into the national limelight. While the discussion continues, the critical need for education, prevention and support is readily apparent.

As we usher in the New Year, the most important lesson here is to be nonjudgmental. We need to accept Janay Rice’s decisions, and allow her the space she needs to heal, cope, and decide what options  are available to her and her child. We hope that they are able to get the support that is right for them. 

At SHALVA, we confidentially meet the needs of our clients wherever they may be in the challenging and confusing experience of domestic abuse. We believe them, we do not judge, we respect their privacy and the right to move at their own pace.  Many of our clients leave their abusers and some stay.  It is a difficult process and we work with clients as long as necessary to help them achieve the overall goal of Shalom Bayit, Peace in the Home.

All our services are free. To find out more about our educational programs, get support for yourself or someone you know, or to support our important work, contact us at 773-583-HOPE (4673),, or Please like us on Facebook

To read more about the national conversation, follow #WhyIStayed and #HowILeft on Twitter.

L’Shana Tova and may you all feel peace in your home.

Marilyn Eisenberg                                                           Carol Ruderman

Board President                                                              Executive Director

Why Do Women Stay?

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SHALVA President -Elect Named to Third Annual Jewish "36 Under 36" List

25 years after fire, mom still on mission

Crusader against stalking lost 4 kids to arsonist's blaze.

Click here to read the inspiring story of Linda Fay Walls, domestic violence survivor and victims's advocate

Ten Ways to Marry the Wrong Person

Blind love is not the way to choose a spouse.  Here are practical tools for keeping your eyes wide open.

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Jaslene Gonzalez shares how she triumphed over domestic violence

"The good news is, it's never too late to live happily ever after."

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Fears of Abuse

Is my friend in an abusive marriage?

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OB-GYNs, Neurologists call for Domestic Violence Screenings

OB-GYNs, Neurologists call for Domestic Violence Screening By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times

The confirmed high rates of domestic abuse -- or interpersonal violence -- led two major physicians' groups this week to call for routine screening of patients for signs of abuse.

On Monday, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released a statement ...

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Special challenges for victims

By: Kiersten Warning

In communities of privilege or affluence, victims of domestic violence face special challenges - ones which those in less privileged communities may not. Some of the very characteristics we value in our community may act as obstacles when it comes to seeking or being offered help when there is violence in the home. These represent substantial challenges that impact victims' ability to leave their abusers.

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