Mikveh after abuse
1 February, 2007
I would like to know if I must starting counting my seven clean days on time or if I can push it off. While I was a niddah my husband beat me up (touching me) and left black and blue marks on my body – I am really embarrassed for anyone to see me this way and therefore don't want to go to the mikvah (I really don't feel like going anyway) but I want to know if this can be held against me. Also if I do have to go, can I push it off until the swelling goes down and the marks fade?
You are permitted to delay mikveh immersion in this scenario.
On a halachic level, your husband's actions were absolutely prohibited. On many levels, your e-mail arouses our empathy and concern. There are organizations that might be of help to you, whether by hearing you out with understanding or by helping to change the situation you are in. These include the Crisis Center for Religious Women in Israel, and the Shalom Task Force in America. Both operate telephone hotlines.
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