According to Orthodox Jewish law, it is the husband who initiates the divorce process by giving the 'Get'. This can create a situation even after a civil divorce where women are 'chained' to a dead marriage. The group of women featured in this article, along with other organisations across the Jewish community globally are campaigning to bring change and stop this form of domestic abuse.
The delay or denial of a get can be motivated by many different reasons. A get might be withheld to extract a favorable financial arrangement in civil divorce proceedings. Or one party may want to engineer a certain custody arrangement, even if they left the family long before. In many cases, according to Keshet Starr, a lawyer and the executive director of the nonprofit Organization for the Resolution of Agunot, those who experience get refusal are survivors of domestic abuse.