by Alice Sparberg Alexiou

Ending Abuse in Bukharian Jewish Families

Bukharian-Jewish women in Queens, New York, have started a grass-roots group, Beit Shalom, to combat domestic violence, a pervasive problem among immigrants who began arriving in the States from Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan about 10 years ago, after the breakup of the former Soviet Union. Their community in Queens now numbers some 60,000. With support from the New York Women’s Foundation, Beit Shalom offers workshops and lectures by mental health professionals on such topics as violence while dating and the impact of family abuse on children and teenagers.

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