Domestic Abuse

Domestic Violence can be defined as an escalating pattern of coercive control (verbal, emotional, sexual, economic, physical, and spiritual abuse) that one person in a relationship uses over another. It is an epidemic that crosses all demographic, social, and educational boundaries—and Westchester is no exception. Women are more likely than men to experience this type of abuse.

Many women (and their children) who have the courage to leave their abusers end up in shelters with only the clothes on their back.

The Greenburgh Interfaith Group brought the issue to the attention of Woodlands Community Temple in 2008. Since then, we have since teamed up with Hope’s Door, a Westchester-based shelter and counseling center that offers programs and services designed to break the cycle of domestic abuse. We provide transitional assistance to families leaving the shelter to go into their own homes by collecting and delivering kitchen supplies, bedding, groceries, clothing, toys, and the like, while also monitoring their progress and needs in their new community. Our goal is to let them know that there are people in the world who care about them and want to help them rebuild their lives. We also support other Hope’s Door needs and programming and bring education about the issue of domestic abuse and healthy relationships to the WCT community.

Over the course of the year, we support, on average, five families. To become part of our committee, please email us at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

If you’d like to help now, we are continuously collecting the following items, which can be dropped off in the WCT lobby in the box marked DATF:

  • packages of new twin sheets and bedding
  • new towels
  • new packages of silverware sets
  • new packages of cookware sets
  • gift cards to discount stores (e.g., Target, Wal-mart)
  • financial donations made to the DATF Fund

In addition, Hope’s Door often needs volunteers to work at the shelter. If you are interested and would like more information about these opportunities, please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .