On May 6, the Fair Lawn Jewish Community Council will host “It Doesn’t Have to be Physical to be Abuse,” a talk by clinical social worker Lisa Twerski, director of training and special projects at the Shalom Task Force in New York City.
A panel discussion and question-and-answer session will follow, featuring representatives from Alternatives to Domestic Violence, the Fair Lawn Police Department, Jewish Family Service of North Jersey, and Project SARAH
The program is funded by a $1,000 grant from Women’s Division of UJA of Northern New Jersey.
“When the Women’s Division sent a letter to UJA agencies asking for applications for this grant, the first thing that came to my mind is that with the economy being what it is, a program on domestic abuse – including non-physical forms of abuse such as strict financial and social control – would be the perfect women’s issue,” said Eileen Dubin, president of the council.
“With people losing jobs, tempers tend to rise,” she said. “It has been substantiated with Jewish Family Services that domestic abuse cases are also on the rise as a result of these stressful situations.”
Under the guidance of community leaders including Shevi Yudin, Dubin formulated a program idea that won the grant out of a field of 18 applicants.
A unique aspect of this public education program, to be held at 7:45 p.m. at Temple Beth Shalom, 40-25 Fair Lawn Ave., is the ability to submit an anonymous question beforehand by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Every person going in will get a folder with packets from all the agencies present,” said Dubin. “We’d like to see men, women, and young girls who are in dating situations. It’s not just for those who think they’re in an abusive relationship; you might have friends in the situation and want to give them resources.”