“Survivors of abuse want us to know that the community has power, and there is power in the community.”
– Dr. Shana Frydman, Executive Director of Shalom Taskforce
These events are part of a series of workshops and education organized by the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council under a grant by the New York City Council Domestic Violence Initiative awarded by Council Members Matthieu Eugene and Chaim Deutsch.
The Community has Power.
One of the most significant barriers to accessing help is the deep shame associated with being a victim of domestic violence. The pain survivors experience at “failing at marriage” in our Jewish communities can be immobilizing. Survivors cannot imagine what life after a marriage could looks like. There is also great fear that their children will be negatively impacted by a separation and divorce and they will be left without a sense of belonging and community.
Community can have tremendous power over the individuals and their choices.
The Power of Community
Community has great power and potential to make positive change. When we as a community acknowledge these issues, we are part of the solution. We allow for choice by maintaining a non-judgmental stance. When we are inclusive of all families, we create space for survivors to envision a safer alternative. By supporting community-based programs, survivors are given opportunity to come forward and get the help they need. We often think as individuals we cannot really make a difference, but if we can each spread awareness, be upstanders, and help surface critical discussion about healthy relationships; we are the ambassadors needed to make this change. It in this way, we can fight for the innocent and using the power of community for the good.