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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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Children’s Drawings – Their Inner World

Therapists and health care professionals see drawings and games as a primary means for a child’s expression of their inner world. Moreover, the playing a game and drawing pictures become key therapeutic techniques when considered as a critical developmental need for the child’s cognitive and emotional being. They serve as the child’s central means of communication for the expression of conflicts, thoughts, feelings and experience of their surroundings. The drawing is not limited by rules, regulations or directions of any kind, when compared to language acquisition, and enables free and abstract expression that is influenced by the child’s mental and physical condition. Continue reading


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The Best Medicine

A group of first-year medical students from The Tel Aviv University Medical School visited the Herzlia shelter to learn firsthand about domestic violence and the shelters for battered women in Israel. The visit was part of the ongoing cooperation between the Medical School and our shelters.

The students got an overview of the topic and met women residents of the shelter. The women opened up to them and told their life stories, describing living in a violent home, its impact on their self-image and their children. Continue reading


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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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Good People All Around

All year and especially on Good Deed Day, we are privileged to meet people whose beautiful side shines. This year at the Rishon shelter, the good people from AIG, Women’s Circle of Rishon, and the volunteers from Ruach Tova came together, pulled up their sleeves and began renewing the children’s rooms, dining room and clubhouse. They plastered and painted the walls, drew on them and made them all fresh and new. Continue reading


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Say No to Violence against Women without Status and Adolescent Boys

We accept all women and children suffering from domestic violence into our three shelters, which were established in 1977. We accept everyone no matter their race, religion or citizenship. Children are color blind. We see this in the shelters where children from all walks of life gather in heartwarming friendship after their day at school. They all play together: Russians, Ethiopians, Nepalese, Filipino, Muslim, Bedouin, Israelis and other new immigrants.

Recently we visited the Knesset several times regarding two very important issues: The shelters are finding it hard to accept adolescent boys and women without status. Knesset Member Dr. Aliza Lavi, Chairperson of the Committee for the Advancement of Women and Gender Equality has taken it upon herself to deal with these issues and we are happy to say that there are signs of a solution. Continue reading