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Married to an abuser

Bat Melech provides a haven for ultra-religious women who have been subject to domestic violence.

BAT MELECH provides a breath of fresh air for abused women by organizing trips and outings.
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Contraception is against the law in certain ultra-Orthodox societies. But there are, it transpires, other means of preventing unwanted births. Kick your pregnant wife in the stomach until she miscarries is one, or beat her senseless and hope that does the trick.

“I lost two babies that way,” says Sara Rivka (not her real name), with a resignation that belies her 27 years, “but I still had four children in the six and a half years that I was married.”



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