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Nov 23, 2013

Domestic violence, also known as domestic abuse, spousal abuse, battering, family violence, and intimate partner violence (IPV), is a pattern of behavior which involves the abuse by one partner against another in an intimate relationship such as marriage, cohabitation, dating or within the family.  There doesn’t need to be physical scars –there is abuse that results in emotional scars too.  There is sexual abuse; emotional abuse; controlling or domineering; intimidation; stalking; passive/covert abuse (e.g., neglect); and economic deprivation.

No matter what culture, religion, color, income bracket, profession there is no typical profile of an abuser or an abused.

Our guest, Penny Krowitz, is the executive Director of Act To End Violence Against Women.  She talks with Deborah Moskovitch and Steve Peck about domestic violence and what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones.  Over the years, Penny has played a leadership role in identifying the strategic issues facing Jewish women and their families and developing and implementing programs and projects to strengthen their lives.  Developing culturally sensitive shelters for women in select cities in Canada.  She has been the driving force for the newest Act To End Violence Against Women project to provide libraries in shelters across Canada for children and their moms.

You don’t need to be Jewish or Canadian to benefit from the important messages, lessons learned, tips and strategies that Penny shares.  This is an important show, and offers valuable help.  

We discuss:

·         What constitutes violence against women?

·         Women today are generally very educated and aware – how would they become victims of abuse?

·         What are some of the myths and stereotypes about VAW?

·         Why do women stay in abusive relationships?

·         What are some of the causes of VAW?

·         What are some of your organization’s programs to end violence against women?

·         What is the vision of Violence Against Women?

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