DEFINING THE ISSUE.
IDENTIFYING WARNING SIGNS.
ACTING IN SUPPORT OF VICTIMS.
When talking about abuse, in any form, language matters. Victims of crime are always listening to find out who is safe. They are looking for subtle hints to reinforce or lessen their feelings of shame and self-blame. By using victim-centered language and naming the violence for what it is, we allow victims and survivors to see that the situation is about power – nothing else.
Power-based violence occurs when one party uses their power to maintain control over the other person. This includes domestic violence (also known as intimate partner violence), dating violence, elder abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and stalking.
Power-based abuse and violence is not a negligent act. It is an act of intention. Abusive people use their power – in the workplace, in the home, in their intimate relationships, in their friendships – to control others.
When we understand what power-based violence is, we can identify it in a variety of forms. Examples include, but are not limited to a partner, caretaker or someone close to you who:
Criticizes or humiliates
Isolates you from others
Manipulates and/or lies
Threatens or physically hurts
Forces certain actions
Gives unwanted touch
Places blame and fault
Prevents work or school
It is extremely difficult--but not impossible--for a victim of power-based violence to leave. Many of them are cut off from support systems such as family, friends, and finances.
In addition, many stay out of fear for their safety and/or the safety of their children.
Last and most importantly, power-based violence is a cycle of intimidation, shame, and fear. A cycle that is dangerous but one worth taking steps to end.
Our role is to support victims where they are and connect them to the resources they need.
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FOR THE JEWISH COMMUNITY
Abusive behavior, harassment, and gender discrimination have no place in the Jewish community.
Ta'amod is a national helpline that offers anonymous, confidential support, services, referrals, and guidance for those experiencing or witnessing abusive behavior in a Jewish workplace or communal space.
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work/communal space harassment, abuse or discrimination.