Domestic Abuse: A Survivor's Story

Elaine Rotenberg, Ph.D.
June 2, 2010


In less than a minute you will be inspired by the story of strength and courage from a survivor of domestic abuse.


Domestic violence is not an isolated act.  Isolated acts can be dissected, learned from, responded to, and corrected.  More often, when we say "domestic violence," we are talking about a longstanding, deeply entrenched pattern--- a pattern often handed down from generation to generation.

Perhaps the most painful statement in this video is not about being beaten, but rather, the statement that says, "I was born into domestic violence."  As professionals, we must consider the magnitude of that statement.  We must realize that putting an end to domestic violence requires early education designed to help children recognize the difference between "healthy and not-healthy."  We must teach children to identify the signs and symptoms of abuse, so that although it is may be a "normal" part of their family; it does not become the model for family life.  Programs like the Relationships and Decisions program at the Alpert Jewish Family and Children's Service are designed specifically to teach teens to recognize unhealthy relationship patterns, to teach their peers, and to create a future generation that does not wind up trapped like Susan. 

We must put an end to abuse.