Helping Domestic Violence Victims Escape Unhealthy Relationships


There were red flags from the beginning of Amy’s relationship with her now ex-partner, but the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic marked the turning point when their cohabitation became untenable. “We were together [nearly] 24 hours a day, and it was like a pressure cooker,” Amy recalls.

As the months went on, Amy’s partner’s emotional instability grew, and his abuse escalated from emotional and financial to physical. Amy knew she had to move out.

Yet, the pandemic left her unemployed, money was tight, and safe shelter options had dwindled as the severity of COVID-19 became clearer. While petitioning for a protective order, she turned to CHANA for help. 

CHANA arranged safe housing in another city prior to her trial for a final protective order, as well as transportation and housing in Baltimore for the trial.

“They said I could reach out any time. They also arranged for me to have trauma counseling. I’m on the more secular side of Judaism but working with a Jewish agency made me feel comfortable, especially when I saw that they served Jews across the religious spectrum. They even offered to help me find a Zoom High Holiday service! CHANA does a great job providing a welcoming and safe space.” 

*Not her real name or photo.















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