“I’ve been the director of Auberge Shalom for 20 years now. The centre services all women victims of conjugal violence and their children while providing a kosher facility for the community, a space of security for Jewish and Orthodox women. We observe holidays, prepare the festive meals and we respect all cultural values so that our clients can have the comfort being in a Jewish environment.
As important, Auberge Shalom brings a voice to this issue in our community. Many traditional and non-traditional communities remain closed about conjugal violence. Even though it has been 40 years since the shelter movement began and since this form of violence became a social issue, very often, it is still a shameful, hidden secret in families and communities. Having a Jewish organization brings conjugal violence to the forefront. It’s helping us get closer to social change and to the prevention of abuse.”