The Jewish Domestic Abuse Task Force is a forum for individuals and Jewish organizations in Pittsburgh that are interested in or working to address domestic abuse issues. Through this forum, individuals and representatives of organizations share information about domestic abuse-related activities or events, learn about domestic abuse related issues, and seek program partners to enhance planned or existing activities.
The Task Force members include NCJW, the Jewish Women’s Foundation, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, NA’AMAT, Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Jewish Women International, Ladies Hospital Aid Society, STANDING FIRM, Women’s Center & Shelter, Center for Victims, Hadassah, the Jewish Community Center and the Agency for Jewish Learning as well as representatives from the orthodox community and rabbis.
Under the auspices of the Task Force, Jewish Family & Children’s Service and NA’AMAT hosted three Lunch and Learns, which were open to the public. The Lunch and Learn topics included Elder Abuse; an update on programs for male batterers; and the program year ended with a provocative and informative presentation by Dr. Elizabeth Miller, Chief of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital and NCJW member. Dr. Miller spoke about her research with teens and women on abuse prevention and reproductive coercion, a situation in which the male partner deliberately sabotages the woman’s birth control in order to get her pregnant, a form of control used by abusers.
Plans for the next programming year are underway and NCJW members will be welcomed to attend next year’s Lunch and Learns. To get involved, contact the NCJW office at 412-421-6118 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Judy Cohen, NCJW Pittsburgh Section board member
Photo courtesy of the Agency for Jewish Learning