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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-04-02

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problem." Still others
don't go because it's less
perilous to remain. "If she
walks out that door, her
husband will kill her," Ms.
Muriel says.
The women who turn to
The Haven find a safety
zone in more ways than
one. They have a place to
rest. They can get counsel-
ing and help finding a per-
manent residence. They
can get a change of
clothes, food, toiletries.
And no one will bother
them. The windows on the
facility are covered with
bars, and visitors are
admitted only after care-
ful screening. Guardian
angels in blue are nearby
at all times, too. "We have
a very good relationship
with our police depart-
ment," Ms. , Nuriel says.
Clients comprise every-
one from poor women with
nowhere else to turn to
women whO drive up in
their Cadillacs, who are
active in the PTA, who are
leaders in their religious
organizations.
Ms. Nuriel estimates
that about 10 percent of
the women who come to
The Haven are Jewish.
For those who request it,
kosher food is available.
The majority of women
who make it to the shelter
won't go back to their
abusers. "Coming here is
that first step," Ms. Nuriel
says. "We try to help them
build on that."
At least 7,000 calls
come in each year on the
shelter's crisis hotline,
and the facility itself can
house up to 250 residents
at one time. Housed in a
former convent, The
Haven has offices and a
few counseling rooms on
the first and second floors.
The offices are all
crowded. Five or six
women work in each
office, which also are filled
with play therapy games
with names like "Not So
Scary Things," 7 and
anatomically correct 'dolls,
to help children discuss
sexual abuse.
Another office is home
to stacks of travel-size
shampoo and toothpaste,
and sweat suits of green,
blue, red and magenta.
These are for women who

have just been raped.
Representatives of The
Haven often go to meet
them in the emergency
room. After speaking with
the police, most are des-
perate for a change of
clothes.
In the basement is a
kitchen, a dining hall and
small play area. Residents
meet each morning and
plan the cooking and
cleanup schedule.

About 10 percent
of the women who
come to The Haven
are Jewish.

The Haven also offers
non-resident care, like
counseling for women who
were raped and for adult
survivors of incest, as well
as for the perpetrators,
like the abusers. The
Haven serves as an advo-
cacy organization, provid-
ing victims with informa-
tion about how to deal
with the legal system.
There's a special pro-
gram for abused children
— "that's the hardest
part," Ms. Muriel says.
"There are children here
who have been assaulted
since the time they were
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Labor Elects
Netanyahu

Jerusalem (JTA) — Ben-
jamin Netanyahu, the
charismatic politician who
won the Likud party
primary this week, has lost
no time in going on the
offensive, telling cheering
supporters he hopes to bring
down the Labor-led govern-
ment as soon as possible.
"We would like to bring
early elections," Mr.
Netanyahu said after results
of the election for chairman
of the opposition party were
announced.
Mr. Netanyahu, 43,
received 52.5 percent of the
vote, double the number
garnered by his archrival,
former Foreign Minister
David Levy.

The Jewish News seeks individuals willing to

contribute to an upcoming "Close Up" article by
speaking about their experiences as survivors or
perpetrators of domestic violence. Anonymity will
be preserved upon request. Please call Staff Writer
Ruth Littmann, (313) 354-6060.

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