Facing up to the fear

Figures on domestic violence in haredi community are increasingly mirroring those among secular Israelis; but for religious women, speaking out about it is the greatest challenge

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November 26, 2010 15:20
Illustrative photo of religious woman hiding face

Religions woman hiding her face 311. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)

 
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Within hours of being attacked and beaten by her husband in front of customers at the supermarket where she worked, Rachel (not her real name) put herself and her three-year-old daughter in a taxi and headed to a battered women’s shelter.

A few days earlier, she had walked out on her husband after he’d tried to strangle her.

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