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Healing from Trauma & Abuse

It happens in every kind of family, no matter what we’d like to believe. Girls and boys are sexually abused by adults in their households. Women and men are battered by their spouses. Even if our homes are loving and safe, many of us have experienced violence and trauma in settings too numerous to list. To begin to heal, we must create space for people to tell their stories—and we must listen without turning away. 

Refu'at ha Nefesh

By Elana Rabinowitz
A poem/prayer to be used as part of a healing ritual for a survivor of sexual violence   more

Tags: rape

Pesach, Matzah, Maror

From A Journey Towards Freedom: A Haggadah for Women Who Have Experienced Domestic Violence The three symbols of Passover narrated from the perspective of women who survived domestic abuse.   more
Ritual Component

Tags: matzah, maror

Sukkah Prayer for Abused Women

From Shalom Bayit, San Francisco
The organization urges affixing a purple ribbon to the sukkah and reciting this prayer for those who have experienced abuse or who do not enjoy peace and safety in their own homes.   more