Group works to stop domestic violence, support and inform victims
BROOKFIELD – Shortly after she began teaching at Riverside Brookfield High School, Jan Goldberg discussed with her students how various forms of bullying are related to domestic violence.
But the subject matter concerned officials at the school, and they asked her to stop bringing it up in class. She responded by citing statistics demonstrating the relevance of domestic violence.
“I was told not to [teach about domestic violence] at the very beginning of my career because it was a ‘women’s issue,’” Goldberg said. “And when I told the powers that be that 80 percent of the inmates at Cook County Jail have witnessed domestic abuse – either on themselves as kids or between their parents – that’s not a women’s issue. It’s a societal issue.”
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