DV Podcast

On October 1, 2021, the Clinic debuted an original podcast, “Shouting from the Rooftops: Destigmatizing Domestic Violence.” Conversations expose and explore the challenges that face those who experience domestic violence and how the intersectionality of survivors’ other identities affects their road to independence. Please email podcast@nslegalaid.org if you are interested in being a guest on a future episode. We would like to include as many voices as possible.

Episode 1: Domestic Violence and Judaism Part 1

North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic Director of Domestic Violence Law Practice, Rebecca Weininger, speaks with Jessie Becker, a graduate of Tulane University and former AmeriCorps VISTA Member at the Clinic.

Episode 1: Domestic Violence and Judaism Part 2

North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic Director of Domestic Violence Law Practice, Rebecca Weininger, speaks with Barbara Siegel, Clinical Director of Shalva.

Episode 2: Domestic Violence in the LGBTQ+ Community

North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic Director of Domestic Violence Law Practice, Rebecca Weininger, speaks with Marissa, an LGBTQ project coordinator and facilitator of middle school and high school groups.

Episode 3: A Discussion about Teens by Teens in Honor of TDVAM

For Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, Rebecca Weininger of the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic talks with high school students, including two students on the Clinic’s Regional Student Leadership Board, about the experience of dating in high school. This episode deals with first relationships, the power in controlling responses to emotions, the theory of ‘Kids Getting Older Younger’ (KGOY), and unrealistic expectations of parasocial relationships. Liv, Ela, and Noah shared their honest opinions about their experiences as teenagers and dating in high school so other teens know they aren’t alone feeling however they’re feeling.

Episode 4: Domestic Violence and Disabilities

This episode is about how much people with disabilities give up for their independence, including their own safety. Rebecca Weininger of the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic interviews Brett and Eric, who work at RAMP, a non-profit, non-residential Center for Independent Living. RAMP emulates Independent Living Philosophy with a mission to build an inclusive community that encourages individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential. When survivors of domestic violence also have disabilities, survivors may have to choose between reporting the abuse and being sent to a nursing home where they lose their independence and, possibly, their identity, or suffering the abuse in order to remain independent. This choice, the lack of information for people with disabilities about relationships and about people with disabilities in relationships, and the importance of education and certification of personal assistants are all discussed in this episode.

Episode 5: Young Mothers and Domestic Violence

This is the story of a young mother who slowly and gradually found herself in a dangerous domestic violence situation. Rebecca Weininger of the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic talks with Marlene, who tells her story of escape. The dangers of cyclical domestic violence and manipulation that she faced as a young woman and mother of two are both common and extremely dangerous. Her story is inspirational. There is hope when a survivor is ready and is safe enough to make the very personal decision to leave, there is support and there is happiness waiting. The Clinic is one resource to help you get there. We hope to continue telling Marlene’s story with additional podcast episodes in the future. Content Warning: This episode contains a graphic and raw emotional discussion of domestic violence. Please take care of yourself if this discussion contains content that is triggering in any way.