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Addressing Domestic and Family Violence

Posted February 5, 2018

Central Synagogue is a proud participant in New York City’s Domestic/Family Violence and Faith in Action Weekend. #NYCFaithInActionAgainstDV

February 9th-11th, synagogues, churches, mosques, and temples throughout New York City addressed the subject of domestic and family violence. 

Share messages of awareness or support on social media by using the hashtags #NYCFaithInActionAgainstDV.

The following information comes from our colleagues at the Jewish Board: Family violence and domestic violence involves physical and emotional abuse by one person against another in a home or family environment. It can affect individuals and families of every economic status, race, religion, age, and culture, and can result in severe injury and trauma. Child abuse can often occur in the same families. 

You might be experiencing family violence or domestic violence if you or a family member: physically abuses you, embarrasses or shames you with put-downs, keeps or discourages you from seeing friends or family members, tells you that you are a bad parent or threatens to hurt, kill, or take away your children, and takes your money or refuses to give you money for expenses.

Resources and Support

If you know of someone who is struggling with domestic or family violence, Central Synagogue recommends they contact the Jewish Board for assistance. The Jewish Board:

  1. Provides emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children
  2. Provides services include crisis intervention, domestic violence advocacy, and counseling services such as individual, group and family therapy and parent support groups
  3. Prevents abuse, neglect, or removal of children from their homes, by working with teams of licensed social workers, psychiatrists, trained volunteers, and other professionals in the fields of education and psychology
  4. Is present in all five New York boroughs, so help is available wherever you are
  5. Helps people of all backgrounds, religions, ages, ethnicities, and cultures
  6. Speaks a variety of languages, from English and Spanish to Hebrew, Russian and Haitian Creole

  7. For more information on these and other Jewish Board services, visit their website or contact Faye Wilbur, Deputy Director of Jewish Community Services, (212) 632-4487.

    Central also recommends these national resources:
    National Domestic Violence Hotline Phone:1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
    Love Is Respect (a resource for youth about dating abuse) Phone:1-866-331-9474
    Listen to Rabbi Buchdahl’s sermon on domestic and family violence

    Central Synagogue’s clergy are always available to support our members – contact them at [email protected] and (212) 838-5122 x1000.