October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Domestic and family violence is a harsh reality across New York City in both Jewish and non-Jewish communities and is unfortunately more common than any of us would like to think; one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Domestic violence happens in every neighborhood and it hurts everyone, which is why each of us has to step up and do our part to end it.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is best understood as a pattern of abusive behaviors — including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks as well as economic coercion — used by one intimate partner against another (adult or adolescent) to gain, maintain, or regain power and control in the relationship. Batterers use of a range of tactics to frighten, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, often injure, and sometimes kill a current or former intimate partner. Learn the signs of domestic violence.
Met Council’s Family Violence Department
Met Council’s Family Violence Department provides comprehensive services to victims of family violence, including crisis counseling and short term therapy, legal advocacy, safety planning and referrals for long term assistance.
Jennifer, 23 years old, is one of the 140 clients Met Council serves annually. Last year, Jennifer came to Met Council for help. She had been severely abused by her ex-boyfriend—physically, sexually, and verbally. Isolated from her family and friends, Jennifer describes ordeal as “a daily struggle to stay alive.” Jennifer reached out to Met Council for help. Within days, Met Council secured an order of protection and negotiated with her landlord to get out of her current lease. She was also provided with the first month’s rent for her new apartment. She was able to leave her abuser for good and he later pled to guilty charges.