Abusive behavior is not a new phenomenon. It has existed throughout the ages and is documented in biblical texts and the Shulkhan Arukh.
No one is immune from domestic violence, including the Jewish community. It cuts across all economic, educational, racial and religious liens. It affects the lives of children and adults, wives and husbands, infants and the elderly. The Jewish tradition of shalom bayit (peace in the home) is often achieved at great cost. Occurring in the privacy of the home, abuse and neglect may be difficult to detect.
Domestic violence may include physical or sexual violence, marital rape, pornographic exploitation, verbal threats, emotional abuse or destruction of property.
Women’s League for Conservative Judaism urges its Sisterhoods to: