Domestic violence victims tells story of abuse, rescue


Fadia Ishak struggled to keep her emotions in check as she recalled her days as a victim of domestic violence, which also entailed being separated from her four children.

Compounding her trauma was coming from a culture in her native Syria that denounced women who left their husbands – regardless of the level and type of abuse to which they may have been subjected.

“He broke my finger and kicked me a lot. I had a very bad relationship with him,” remembered Ishak, who shared her story of spousal abuse by her husband of 17 years during Wednesday’s two-hour luncheon at Boardman Holiday Inn, 7410 South Ave., to honor crime victims.

Help Network of Northeast Ohio hosted the gathering, themed “Expand the circle, reach all victims.” The program also was part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which continues through Saturday.

Ishak, who was a teacher in Syria before emigrating to the U.S. in 1999, told her audience of victims-rights advocates, social workers and others that she sought help from Sojourner House Domestic Violence Shelter in Youngstown. The move paved the way for her to divorce her husband, reconnect with her children and file a protection order barring him from contacting her for five years, she explained.

Read more about the matter and the event in Thursday's Vindicator or on

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