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The Jewish News: Woman Shares How WIZO Domestic Violence Shelter Saved Her Life

In March, UK Jewish News journalist Louise Scodie visited a WIZO women's shelter with the WIZO UK's Chairperson's Mission. In this report, she shares one women's story of how the WIZO shelter helped turn her life around.

April 05, 2019

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Woman struggling with domestic abuse from partner  (Getty Images)

Woman struggling with domestic abuse from partner (Getty Images)

I was a strong person from an academic family. I was a youth leader and then an army commander. After that I built a great career, working internationally as a creative.

One thing was missing though. At 38, I was still single and longing for children. With no man in my life, I started IVF alone. The process made me feel so lonely, that I signed up for online dating. That’s where I met Ron*. My self-esteem was so low, but he made me feel beautiful,  he told me he loved me. He was living with his parents after a broken engagement; I took him under my wing, supporting him professionally and financially.

We had already decided to have a child when Ron started to throw things and be abusive towards his family. When he turned on me, I made excuses for him. I figured his problem was ADHD.

He told me that I looked like a cow. I stopped wearing make-up, because he said I looked like clown wearing it. My self-esteem plummeted.

Ron criticised me more and more. After we had my daughter, he would say that I was losing my mind. I decided to break up with him and he threatened me with violence.

Read the full Jewish News article here: 

https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/i-wanted-to-break-up-with-him-but-he-just-threatened-even-more-violence/