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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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Giving Voice to the Unspeakable

Giving Voice to the Unspeakable:
Chicago Organization Documents Domestic Violence in Jewish Community

by Abigail Pickus- Jewish Philanthropy

It’s been 25 years since SHALVA opened its doors in Chicago to support and provide relief for Jewish women suffering from domestic violence.

In honor of its ‘silver anniversary,’ the oldest independent Jewish domestic violence services agency in the United States has released a comprehensive study analyzing its data and client cases to show a concrete picture of domestic violence in Chicago’s Jewish community as a springboard for dialogue and change throughout the country.

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Boyfriend's Cagey Criticism is a Big Red Flag

Boyfriend's Cagey Criticism is a Big Red Flag
By: Carolyn Hax - Washington Post

Dear Carolyn: I’m not sure if I’m being overly sensitive and/or nitpicky here: My boyfriend of seven months occasionally says hurtful things to me, such as “You’re not attractive when you’re anxious” and, “You just aren’t very [bleep]able sometimes” (sorry for the language). I’m in great shape and don’t dress like a total shlub either.

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Domestic Violence Contributes to Violence in the Workplace

Domestic Violence Contributes to Violence in the Workplace

By Rich Cordivari

Violence in the home can lead to violence in the workplace. Employees are at risk for facing workplace violence where they, or their co-workers, are experiencing domestic violence situations.

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Man must pay his ex-wife over 'get' tradition

Man Must Pay his ex-wife over 'get' tradition.

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
By: Pat Milhizer

When a Jewish man and woman divorce, they remain married in the eyes of Jewish Law unless the man gives the woman a 'get' that releases her from the marriage.

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Inviting Husbands, Fathers and Sons to Help End Domestic Violence

White House News, October 15, 2010
posted by:Esta Soler

When he proclaimed October to be National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, President Obama said, “Ending domestic violence requires a collaborative effort involving every part of our society.”  He couldn’t be more right. 

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On July 29, 2010, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee passed the Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) funding bill which funds...

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Dean testifies at Senate hearings on domestic violence and the economic crisis

Dean testifies at Senate hearings on domestic violence and the economic crisis

Penn Current
By Jill Disanto-Haines

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Joe Biden discusses Domestic Abuse

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Father told to keep daughter out of Easter services

Chicago Tribune
by Manya A. Brachear

Judge reinforces ruling in interfaith custody here for complete article

Senate Confirms Next OVW Director: Judge Susan Carbon

For Immediate Release:

NNEDV Welcomes Confirmation of Judge Carbon to Key Justice Post

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France Moves to Outlaw Mental Abuse in Marriages

By Eleanor Beardsley

A proposed law in France would make psychological violence in marriages and among cohabitating couples a criminal offense. Supporters say that if the law passes, it would be the first of its kind in the world.

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Domestic Violence is not about booze

Chicago Sun-Times

The word is that Charlie Sheen is boozing again and that's why he allegedly threatened his wife with a knife on Christmas Day. Ah, if only Charlie didn't drink.

The word is wrong.

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Letter to the Editor

Pioneer Press, Highland Park News
Letter to the Editor
by: Barbara Siegel, Clinical Director, SHALVA

As the clinical director of SHALVA, a Jewish social service agency that works with Jewish women experiencing domestic abuse, I would like to expand upon your very timely and necessary editorial about Domestic Abuse.

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Vice President Biden Announces Appointment of White House Advisor on Violence Against Women

Press Release from Office of the Vice President.

Washington, DC – Vice President Biden, the author of the landmark Violence Against Women Act, announced today the appointment of Lynn Rosenthal as the new White House Advisor on Violence Against Women.

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Domestic Abuse Cases Spike

Chicago Tribune, June 10th, 2009
By: Bonnie Miller Rubin

A 51-year-old Wilmette woman met her partner on a dating Web site and everything was humming along until he made some dubious investments. Then the violence began.

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What do (Battered) Women really Want?

Chicago Tribune April 20, 2009
By Kathy Pollitt

Rihanna's on-again, off-again post-assault relationship with fellow hip-hop star Chris Brown- I guess technically it's still an alleged assault,- has set off a deluge of commentary about why women stay with violent men.

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BATTERED: Examining domestic violence.

Why it happens, how to stop it.

Many women who are abused by husbands and boyfriends find that the justice system does frighteningly little to keep them from harm. Despite satellite tracking, legal changes and domestic violence programs in Illinois, offenders often avoid serious prison time only to attack again.

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An Abuse of Belief

Jerusalem Post - Online Edition
by: Judy Siegel-Itzkovich

Abuse of women, children and the elderly in the religious Jewish community was long denied, on the grounds that observance of the Torah and Talmud prevented it. Physical, sexual, emotional, economic and other types of maltreatment of the weak, claimed this sector, occurs among secular Jews, but "not in our camp."

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Full 2008 report of Domestic Abuse NNEDV census

On September 17, 2008, seventy-eight percent of identified domestic violence programs in the United States participated in the 2008 National Census of Domestic Violence Services. The results were published February 11, 2009 in the NNEDV report: Domestic Violence Counts 2008: A 24-hour census of domestic violence shelter and services across the United States.

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Caring eyes focus on domestic violence court

Chicago Tribune February 4, 2009

They do their work in silence. They sit, watch, listen and write. When they speak up, their voices carry. They are court-watchers, volunteers who observe domestic violence proceedings in hopes that their presence and their conclusions improve the way courts handle these sensitive cases.

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Bureau if Justice Statistics for Stalking in the US Press Release

Department of Justice isues a press release

WASHINGTON – An estimated 3.4 million persons identified themselves as victims of stalking during a 12-month period in 2005 and 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today.

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 The full report, Stalking Victimization in the United States (NCJ 224527) of the National Institute of Justice.

A Focus on abuse

Chicago Tribune January 2, 2009

An unidentified participant speaks during a group discussion for domestic abusers in Rolling Meadows. Experts don't agree on the best approach for reforming abusers.

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Crackdown on protection-order violators gets off to a slow start

Chicago Tribune January 1, 2009

As of Thursday, Illinois judges can require satellite tracking of stalkers who repeatedly violate orders of protection, but officials say most jurisdictions have not yet bought the equipment needed to carry out the new state law.

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Misery beyond the Mezzuzah

Relationship Abuse in the Jewish Community
By: Letty Cottin Pogrebin

A woman is battered every 15 seconds in the U.S. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women. More than one in four North American women will experience abuse at some point in her life and, as we know, Jews are not immune—whether we're Orthodox, unaffiliated, or anything in between. Bromides such as "Jewish mendon't batter," or "Jewish men make the best husbands," or "Jewish families are safe havens in a hostile world," are about as true as "There are no Jewish alcoholics."

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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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Courts are failing battered women

Chicago Tribune October 10, 2008

TRIBUNE INVESTIGATION: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. 17% of domestic violence cases in Cook County end in conviction. And the rate isn't getting better despite a courthouse that opened 3 years ago with a goal of helping battered women

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