Violence Against Women

January 1996

Civil & Human Rights

Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc., reaffirms its long-standing commitment to women’s rights and women’s health needs.  To these ends, we actively condemn all forms of violence against women, including domestic violence.

Hadassah is particularly mindful that the Jewish community tends to perceive domestic violence as a non-Jewish problem.  However, contrary to popular misconception, recent studies have shown that Jewish women experience abuse from their partners in the same proportion as the general population.

Hadassah therefore pledges to work directly to educate its members and their communities about violence against women, both inside and out of the Jewish community.  Hadassah will also continue to advocate for legislative initiatives aimed at ending this violence and supporting the needs of battered women and their families.

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