Tag: domestic abuse

CHANA | When Sheltering In Place Is Not Safe


Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a spike in domestic violence cases as stay-at-home orders place victims and their abusers in constant proximity. According to Lauren Shaivitz, Executive Director of CHANA, an agency of The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore, social isolation is a form of abuse that perpetrators often use to exert power and control over their victims.

CHANA recently launched a new, secure live chat service to support survivors of domestic violence. The new service allows those looking for help to chat directly with advocates in a way that is safe, private and secure, giving them space and comfort to explore their situation with a trained professional.

In particular, this service can be incredibly helpful to clients who, due to being isolated in their homes with their abusers, cannot access help simply by calling on the phone.

Shaivitz recently spoke with WYPR to discuss how her team of expert clinicians is responding to the evolving needs of their clients during this unprecedented situation.

Click here for full article and to listen to this interview.

Domestic Violence Symposium Aims to Break the Silence


From the outside, Leslie Morgan-Steiner‘s life looked enviable:  the daughter of a judge, Steiner had done stints at Harvard and the University of Chicago, and had a job in the fast-paced New York magazine world. When she got engaged to her longtime boyfriend, her family and friends celebrated — and no one mentioned any of the signs that something was horribly wrong.



Valentine’s Day is approaching. Are you tired of the forced romantic dinner where the food tastes as if your favorite restaurant sent in its second-string cooks to accommodate the unusually large — and awkward — dinner crowd? Why not attend a red-carpet debut featuring California photographer, Amy Martin-Friedman, for wine, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction that benefits victims of domestic partner abuse?

The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14, at Subtle Rebellion Salon+Gallery in Harford County. Friedman will unveil her collection of Baltimore-based portraits. Prints, note cards, t-shirts, and coffee table books showcasing her photography will be for sale. A portion of the proceeds go to SARC, a Harford County domestic violence shelter.

Friedman’s photographs are part of her “A Day in My Shoes” project. Each year Friedman partners with a new city and shelter to help women who are trying to escape abusive relationships. Women in each city, not just women who’ve experienced abuse, volunteer their time and money to pose in a fashionable pair of shoes for Friedman at a location that has some personal meaning. Friedman focuses her lens on the stems — legs and shoes, to make all women, including the one’s whose safety depends on anonymity, feel safe and powerful.

Why buy a photograph of some stranger’s legs? Aside from the good cause, these mostly black-and-white photographs are works of art that include some of Baltimore’s most striking backdrops, including Federal Hill and Mount Vernon. I was lucky enough to follow Friedman around Baltimore for the photo shoot last September. Trust me when I say you’ll be in awe of the way she plays with angles and architecture. It didn’t hurt that some of her volunteers had calves that could make Tina Turner jealous. Sneak a peek beforehand here.