We are a cross-discipline professional team made up by women psychologists, lawyers, social workers and physicians specialized in gender-based violence, sexual abuse, and child abuse. We deal with violence against women adopting a comprehensive approach and integrating a gender perspective, providing psychological support, legal counseling, legal representation, and prevention and training activities.
Shalom Bait is a civil society organization founded in 2003 within the Jewish community, with the object of raising awareness, training sensitivity, and dealing comprehensively with violence against women and children. Until that moment, this was an issue very few people wanted to discuss; it remained hidden, in the privacy of the home. The fact of belonging to a minority, a gregarious social group, and with a history of persecution, contributes to keeping problems “inside”. By denying their existence, the victims are also denied. Our starting point was identifying the need of giving this issue a voice within the Jewish community, but from the very beginning our commitment was to make it applicable to the society as a whole. Gender-based violence makes no distinction between race, social class, or religion.
In short time we made ourselves known. We started a newspaper, the Kol Shalom Bait (“the Voice of Shalom Bait”) which we still produce, where we write about gender-based violence, share testimonies, and circulate the activities we organize. We raised our voice, and in no time the queries and the calls for support of violence victims arrived.
We have made our own the famous reflection of Nobel Peace Prize Elie Weisel: “In the face of atrocities, we must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
Throughout these years we have built a reliable space where women are heard, valued and encouraged.This is and has been our greatest achievement. A victim of violence needs to be received with empathy, to be believed in, and not to be judged. She needs her pace to be respected and whenever she decides to file an action, she needs to count on a well-trained attorney that may defend her and her children. The way out is long and winding, and victims and survivors need support, not only to file a suit, but also to face new situations. Because violence doesn’t end there, and the answers of the State in general are scarce and re-victimizing.
From the first day we set the goal of providing committed and responsible support, starting a model of valuable intervention through which group psychological assistance, legal counsel, and legal representation could be provided.
Looking back is comforting to us; we know many things remain to be done and we keep on devising new projects. The work we have done has been possible thanks to the team of professionals and volunteers, and of course, our donors and members.
Year after year we re-commit ourselves the same way we did on day one. We haven’t lost the enthusiasm, we haven’t lost the passion, we haven’t lost the outrage, or the love. Because our position is that all people deserve to live in homes free of violence and where good treatment and love are present. Shalom Bait is no doubt an institution driven mainly out of love.
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Advice, guidance, information and support for women victims of violence.
137 - CITY OF BUENOS AIRES
Atención y orientación a víctimas de violencia. Realiza intervenciones domiciliarias con un equipo móvil en situaciones de urgencia y acompañamiento en la realización de denuncias.
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Information and referrals in situations of mistreatment and sexual abuse of Girls, Boys and Adolescents.
Receive complaints of domestic violence 24 hours a day.
Address: Lavalle 1250.