About The Weitzman CenterIn 1992, psychotherapist Susan Weitzman, Ph.D., began researching domestic violence in upscale marriages and found an unexpectedly large number of victims who were trapped by circumstances that are generally envied. She worked with and interviewed hundreds of women and eventually wrote the groundbreaking book, Not to People Like Us: Hidden Abuse in Upscale Marriages.
The outpouring of response to her work encouraged Dr. Weitzman to explore the feasibility of establishing a center specifically for this population. In November 2001, The Weitzman Center was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
A Path to Guidance and HealingUntil Dr. Weitzman started her research, upscale violence was largely ignored. These victims have been trapped by their own silence and by the myth that domestic abuse does not happen to people who have so much going for them. The need for a place like The Weitzman Center—the first organization of its kind—became obvious. National outreach programs, such as the Care Kit, along with presentations, lectures, and workshops, are how The Weitzman Center serves abused victims locally while offering education, training and connections nationally.
Our MissionThe Weitzman Center's mission is to provide support, information, and referral to women and families struggling against the effects of upscale abuse, as well as resources and education to the helping professionals working with this group of women. Until The Weitzman Center was incorporated in November 2001, no other organization was working solely to inform helping professionals and the public about violence in upper educate and/or upscale families. We are here to offer hope and assistance and change the face of what we, as a culture, think of as domestic abuse. Violence against women is not limited and defined by economic or educational boundaries. It can, and does, happen to “people like us.”
Our WebsitesPrior to the development of The Weitzman Center website there was our sister website, www.nottopeoplelikeus.com. At www.nottopeoplelikeus.com you can learn more about the concept of upscale violence, and also find tests, profiles, frequently asked questions, and other information based upon Dr. Weitzman's groundbreaking book, Not to People like Us: Hidden Abuse in Upscale Marriages. Learn more by visiting our sister website, www.NottoPeoplelikeUs.com.
There Is Much to Be DoneUntil The Weitzman Center was incorporated, no other organization was working solely to inform helping professionals and the public about upscale violence. We are here to offer hope and assistance and change the face of what we, as a culture, think of as domestic abuse. Violence against women is not limited and defined by economic or educational boundaries. It can, and does, happen to "people like us."