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Domestic Abuse Worsens Response to Cancer Diagnosis

By RICK NAUERT PHD Senior News Editor Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on January 28, 2013 ~ 1 min read

Domestic Abuse Worsens Response to Cancer DiagnosisNew research finds that intimate partner violence can be more of an influence on a cancer survivor’s quality of life than her diagnosis.

In a study published in the Journal of Women’s Health, University of Kentucky researchers found evidence that certain forms of abuse affect a woman’s levels of depression, perceived stress, and cancer-related well-being.

Experts discovered intimate partner violence (including physical, sexual, and psychological violence) and childhood sexual abuse were key contributors to depression.

The cross-sectional study included women newly diagnosed with either breast, cervical or colorectal cancer and included in the Kentucky Cancer Registry. Consenting women were interviewed by phone and 553 participated in the study.

Researchers acknowledge that many cancer patients frequently experience symptoms of depression and anxiety.

But they observed that women who had experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) were significantly more likely to report depressive symptoms at cancer diagnosis relative to cancer patients never experiencing IPV.

This observation suggests that women’s depressive symptoms surrounding a cancer diagnosis may be more directly associated with IPV than with the cancer treatment alone.

Additionally, those who had experienced childhood sexual abuse were more likely to report co-morbid conditions beyond the cancer diagnosis and higher current stress levels.

“These data suggest that identifying these forms of abuse in cancer patients may provide health care providers with helpful information to better support and improve the well-being of female cancer patients,” said first author Ann L. Coker, Ph.D.

“Clinicians could improve physical and psychological functioning of women with cancer by asking women about their current and lifetime experience with these forms of abuse and providing appropriate referrals and services depending on the individual woman’s experiences


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International Women’s Day

‘On International Women’s Day we want to help raise awareness for the oppressed women in the Middle East. There is a massive problem with systematic, often violent, oppression against women in all of the Middle East except Israel.

Please help raise awareness for the women in the Middle East who can be faced with oppression such as: chid marriage, physical and sexual abuse, sexual harassment, female genital mutilation, stoning, trafficking, forced marriages, domestic abuse, bans on education, bans on freedom of travel, bans on careers, and much much more. The time to speak out is now.

Here is an overview of some of the persecution women face in Middle Eastern countries:
http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.578635
StandWithUs עם Jobin Xavier ו-יוסף יעקב יוסף יעקב
On International Women’s Day we want to help raise awareness for the oppressed women in the Middle East. There is a massive problem with systematic, often violent, oppression against women in all of the Middle East except Israel.

Please help raise awareness for the women in the Middle East who can be faced with oppression such as: chid marriage, physical and sexual abuse, sexual harassment, female genital mutilation, stoning, trafficking, forced marriages, domestic abuse, bans on education, bans on freedom of travel, bans on careers, and much much more. The time to speak out is now.

Here is an overview of some of the persecution women face in Middle Eastern countries:

http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.578635


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Women’s Circles

The Herzlia Shelter is very fortunate to be supported by Women’s Circle 7, a wonderful organization working to help others.

On March 3, 2014, women met to celebrate and donate time and money to the children in the shelter in a colorful and well-planned event organized by the group. The evening took place in a house on the beach in Jaffa where a movie showed the Women’s Circle’s activities in the shelter. Daniela Kehat, CEO of the women’s shelter organization, made a speech thanking the women for their work which is invaluable to the women and children in the shelters.

The donations raised at the event will be used to renovate the clubhouse where the shelter’s children spend their free time doing homework, playing, working on computers and participating in various activities and workshops.

The women of Women’s Circle 7 work all year to meet the special needs of the shelter. They purchase food baskets for women leaving the shelter to help them in adjusting to daily life outside. They also have a fantastic picnic for the women and children, and a spa day for the women including breakfast, hair styling and color, and manicures.

They bought Purim costumes for the children, not just any costumes, but special costumes for each child according to their personal dream!


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Sara Netanyahu’s Visit at Our Organization

Mrs. Sara Netanyahu, the Prime Minister’s wife, visited our shelter to commemorate the International Day for the Struggle against Violence against Women. We were very happy to learn that Mrs. Netanyahu has a deep understanding of the problem so many women face and she believes, like we do, that there is a real need for many more shelters. The visit began in the children’s clubhouse, where she spoke to the children and received a gift that they made for her. She moved on to the women’s club where she had the opportunity to meet all of the shelter residents. This was a wonderful and exciting visit. Mrs. Netanyahu spoke to the women and empowered them with her words. The women and the staff were very moved by what she said. Mrs. Netanyahu and her staff gave out gifts to the women and the staff at the shelter.

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The Black and White V – For Moving from Darkness to Light

On November 25th, the International Day for the Struggle against Violence against Women, we initiated several cooperative ventures to promote public awareness of our cause.  One of these ventures was with The Nail Studio, a beauty and marketing school, owned by Brian Layden and Martin Cooper. The theme of the campaign: The Black and White V – For Moving from Darkness to Light. All of the participants donated their time and Nail Studio produced it with the invaluable help of Korin Public Relations.

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A PARENTING GROUP FOR WOMEN RESIDING IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTERS

Maida Klein and Amiya Waldman Levi are both exceptionally talented and devoted  social workers, whose work experience is mainly in shelters. They were the first to start with this type of group in Israel and have been crucial, like other social workers in the shelters, in the improvement of the parenting  skills of the women who came to the shelters, after fleeing domestic violence. This is just a sample of their article and their work, which we are proud to present temporarily, until the translation of the full article will be completed.

Daniela Kehat, CEO

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A PARENTING GROUP FOR WOMEN RESIDING IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTERS.

Maida klein and Amiya waldman-Levi

The primary goal of this article is to present an innovative group intervention developed by the authors and adapted to the parental needs of the women and their children who reside in domestic violence shelters. The group intervention integrated the principles of psycho-educational and the cognitive-behavioral therapeutic approaches.

The intervention aimed to provide participants with knowledge, tools and skills for constructive communication.  In addition, it aimed to provide the women with problem-solving skills and social support in relation to their parental functioning in an environment of domestic violence.

The group was co-supervised by both a social worker and an occupational therapist. The article describes the group’s rationale, goals and modes of operation, and present subjective assessment of the group’s effectiveness. The uniqueness of this group lies in its theory-driven approach.

Specifically, the intervention was adapted to the complex reality of the life within the shelter, and its structured character and content were tailored to the women’s needs. Moreover, the group was designed to reinforce the cognitive-emotional learning needed to improve the mother’s parenting. Following their experience in running the group, the authors came to understand that the group serves as a bridge between the mother’s, their children and the shelter.

In so doing, the group promotes in empowerment, and enable the women and their children reintegrate into community life.