Jewish Womens Aid

Domestic/Sexual Violence
Every person has the right to feel safe and protected.  Jewish Women's Aid is the specialist organisation in the UK supporting Jewish women and children affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence.  Please get in touch with them if you are affected - no woman should have to face it alone.

Jewish Women's Aid Shabbat
12 / 13 November

LET’S STAND TOGETHER AGAINST DOMESTIC ABUSE

JEWISH WOMEN’S AID SHABBAT: 13 NOVEMBER 2021

 

BY NAOMI DICKSON, CEO OF JEWISH WOMEN’S AID

 

Relationship abuse isn’t just one thing. It’s usually a pattern of abuse over a period of time, taking different forms and affecting people in different ways. For example, it could be physical, emotional, or financial.

 

Women are the victims of domestic abuse in two thirds of cases in the UK, and they are hugely over-represented in cases of serious abuse and domestic homicide. Over recent years, public awareness has grown, and the law has developed to recognise the seriousness of abuse which might not be physical. But there is still a long way to go in tackling the deeper issues which underpin male violence against women.

 

Jewish Women’s Aid sees the terrible effects of abuse every day through supporting 150 women and girls every month. As a family-oriented community it can be very difficult in the Jewish community to acknowledge that there are women among us who have been mentally or physically mistreated or forced to do something sexually, by their Jewish partner. It’s hard to think of harassment taking place in the corridors of our schools. The fact is that it happens, and we need to do more collectively to prevent and confront this behaviour.

 

Jewish Women’s Aid Shabbat, on 13 November, is one of our most important initiatives as it gives us a chance to focus on the issue throughout Jewish settings in the UK. Support for the Shabbat has grown over the years, and it is truly cross-communal, allowing us to open our eyes and ears together.

 

If you are reading this article, then your community is taking part! You can take part too by accessing the Jewish Women’s Aid Toolkit - jwa.org.uk/toolkit - and finding out more about domestic abuse and sexual violence. You can use these resources to start discussions with your family, friends, and any Jewish groups you are part of. 

 

Let’s work together to break the taboo around abuse and make Jewish community spaces a place where abusive behaviour is directly challenged, and women are fully supported.

 

For confidential support from Jewish Women’s Aid:

 

T: 0808 801 0500    E: clientsupport@jwa.org.uk   W: jwa.org.uk/webchat

 

Services available nationally for Jewish women and girls aged 16+ (14+ in London).

 
What do we mean by domestic abuse?

It can take many different forms. It can be physical, sexual, emotional, financial or spiritual and the central theme is control. It is mainly perpetrated by men against women but it can happen to anyone.

1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse and 1 in 5 will experience sexual violence. Jewish Women’s Aid has been supporting women for 30 years and has not seen a lower prevalence in the Jewish community. Their research also shows that Jewish women take longer to come forward – 11.5 years rather than 9 years in the wider community.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on domestic abuse nationally, but also in our Jewish community. Every month since April, JWA has supported higher numbers of women compared to the previous year, and they are seeing an escalation of violence and trauma, not just among women but their children too.

We in the Jewish community need to take collective responsibility for ensuring that women are supported and do not feel alone or ashamed. If we are concerned about someone we must reach out and ask if they are ok. If you are affected by domestic abuse, or you are concerned about someone, please contact Jewish Women’s Aid for advice and support.

For confidential support from Jewish Women’s Aid

Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 801 0500 / clientsupport@jwa.org.uk
Dina Sexual Violence Support Line: 0808 801 0656 / dina@jwa.org.uk

Web Chat Support Service: www.jwa.org.uk

About JWA

Jewish Women’s Aid is the only specialist organisation in the UK supporting Jewish women affected by domestic violence.

Wherever, whenever, whoever: we’re here to help you.

One woman in four will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime.

It affects all women, regardless of age, education, class, lifestyle or religion; the Jewish community is no different to any other.

 

Jewish Women’s Aid (JWA) was founded to support the thousands of Jewish women who, each year, will face physical, emotional, psychological, sexual or financial abuse from within their own home. JWA is the only organisation in the UK dealing specifically with the needs of abused Jewish women and their children.

 

The lack of awareness of domestic violence in the Jewish community has caused damage. Women may remain silent through shame, embarrassment, a feeling of guilt or fear that they will not be believed. They feel alone, that no-one else has experienced such abuse and that it must be their fault.

 

If you think you might be experiencing, or have experienced, what could be domestic abuse then call us. We know how important it is to be believed, accepted, supported and understood. You are not alone.

 

And if you know someone close to you who you think might be experiencing domestic abuse and you would like guidance about how you might be able to support them, we can help.

 

JWA has two core aims:

  • To provide confidential, accessible, empowering and culturally sensitive advocacy and support for Jewish women and children affected by domestic violence.
  • Through education, training and awareness raising, to ensure that all sectors of the Jewish community recognise and speak out against domestic violence.

 

CONTACT DETAILS

For more information please go to the JWA website: http://jwa.org.uk

Get Help

Helpline: 0808 801 0500

9.30am - 9.30pm - Monday to Thursday

A confidential & non-judgmental listening service.

Outside of these hours calls are recorded, and will be responded to during office hours.

In an emergency, always call 999 or the National DV 24/7 helpline on 0808 2000 247

Contact Us

Head Office: 020 8445 8060

9.00am - 5.00pm - Monday to Thursday

Friday closing hours dependent on Shabbat during winter months

PO Box 65550, London, N3 9EG

The Dina Service

The Dina Service at JWA is a specialist support service for Jewish women and girls aged 16 and over who have experienced sexual violence.

 

We offer a free service to women who have experienced sexual violence including rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment whenever it happened in their lifetime and whoever it was perpetrated by - be it a partner, colleague, acquaintance, family member, stranger or community member or leader.

This service is available to women who are able to travel to North London, or to women from across the UK who would like phone support

The Dina Support Line is Open

Mon:10am - 12pm & 1pm - 3pm

Tues: 1pm - 3pm

Thurs: 10am - 12pm & 1pm - 3pm

For more information please visits the JWA website

Ask Me

People within a survivor's community are often the first to know that domestic abuse is happening. But lack of understanding and confidence can make people afraid to talk about it, and unsure of how to respond when someone speaks out. Survivors have told us they can feel judged, isolated or silenced by the people around them.

We are changing that through the Change That Lasts Ask Me scheme, developed in partnership between Women's Aid Federation of England and Welsh Women's Aid. Jewish Women's Aid is very excited to be invited by Women's Aid to participate in the pioneering Change That Lasts programme.

The project is a simple initiative that equips everyday people with an understanding of domestic abuse and how to respond to survivors. This knowledge will enable people in the Jewish community to play an active role in ending domestic abuse.

Please download our flyer for further information about the programme, or email Lee our trainings manager for more details.

For more information please visit the JWA website