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On the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Domestic Violence, which is celebrated on November 25, the Ministry of Social Welfare and Social Protection publishes annual data showing an increase in the number of reported cases of domestic violence.
From January 2022 to October 2022, the hotline 118 of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Protection received about 5,712 complaints about domestic violence, which is a 3.6% increase compared to the corresponding period in 2021. According to experts, this increase is due to the intensified public discussion about domestic violence in general and against women in particular, as well as a number of high-profile cases of domestic violence that received wide publicity and publications by the ministry's hotline employees. Of the total number of complaints, approximately 3,432 were related to domestic violence against women, 184 were related to domestic violence against men, and 1,266 were related to domestic violence against children.
Hotline 118 — is a call center that provides answers, information and first aid on social security matters in several languages — Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, Amharic and English. Operators and social workers are on call 24 hours a day to provide first aid and referrals to domestic violence centers, abusive men's therapy centers, shelters for abused women and their children, or to the social services of local authorities. In an emergency, they call the police on 100.
The Ministry also uses a digital questionnaire that assesses the risk in cases of domestic violence and suggests solutions according to the results of its completion: https://i-risk.co.il/.
Regional prevention center contact data domestic violence and assistance to its victims:
In 2021, 165 centers for the prevention of domestic violence and assistance to its victims operated under the ministry. Approximately 59 of them are intended for the Arab community, and 4 centers – for ultra-Orthodox Israelis (the population also receives similar services in similar centers in mixed cities).
In 2021, about 21,491 appeals were received by the centers for the prevention of domestic violence and assistance to its victims, which is 11.14% more than in 2020 year, when about 19,337 people applied to them. These centers provide diagnostics, therapy and rehabilitation for families in the cycle of violence. Therapy can be family, individual or group.
Number of visits Number of people who applied and continued therapy
Decrease in women's shelter applications From January 2022 to date, approximately 679 women have taken shelter in shelters for survivors of violence and their children. This is about 8% less than in the corresponding period of 2021, when about 738 women were accepted by the shelters.
The number of children of women victims of violence who were in these shelters also decreased: about 1056 people. from the beginning of 2022 to today, compared to approximately 1,179 children in the same period in 2021 (down 11.8%).
The Ministry of Social Welfare and Social Protection operates approximately 16 shelters for women victims of violence and their children throughout the country. Two of them are intended for representatives of the Arab community, two – for ultra-Orthodox citizens, three – for the mixed Jewish-Arab population, two are adapted to receive women with teenagers and the remaining shelters accept women regardless of their age, origin, religiosity and educational level. Women entering shelters are exposed to various types of violence: economic, sexual, physical and psychological.
«New Page» for asylum seekersThe Ministry of Social Welfare and Social Protection is running a national program to accompany and rehabilitate women and their children leaving shelters. The program called “Daf Hadash” (“New Page”) and run by the association “Be-atzmi”, provides assistance on various issues that arise when leaving the shelter. This is, in particular, support, assistance and indication of the right direction in the processes of organizing a woman's life, the realization of rights, employment and budgeting, in the field of raising children and much more. In 2021, about 405 women took part in the program, 98% of whom did not return to the one who showed violence against them, and 60% were employed at the end of the program.
In 2021, additional funds were allocated for an interagency domestic violence program. Its budget has increased from NIS 60 million in 2020 to NIS 105 million in 2021 and NIS 155 million in 2022.
A state-of-the-art emergency center and apartments for men who are prohibited from approaching their families The Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Protection also operates a number of other unique centers, the main one being the multidisciplinary Aluma Center; for emergency assistance to victims of domestic violence 24/7. This project brings together all professionals involved in domestic violence care under one roof, from lawyers and social workers to mental health and legal professionals.
The center operates in emergency mode and provides assistance to all applicants at any time of the day, and can also provide short-term emergency shelter if necessary. To date, there are two Aluma centers in Israel; in Acre and Beit Shemesh, with two more centers expected to open in early 2023 – in Rishon Lezion and Beersheba.
In addition, the Ministry of Social Welfare and Social Protection has two apartments for men who are prohibited from approaching their families. One of them is located in Ramat Gan, and the second – in Beersheba. They are designed for men who are willing to undergo therapy at domestic violence centers and were opened because of the understanding that addressing the roots and causes of the problem can stop the cycle of violence.
This year, the Ministry of Social Welfare and Social Protection intends to even more intensively continue the implementation of the interdepartmental program to prevent domestic violence and help its victims. Next year, more emergency centers are expected to open, more apartments for men who are not allowed to come near their families, and more jobs in domestic violence centers are expected.
Meir Cohen, Minister of Social Welfare and Social Protection: “Domestic violence is one of the most complex social phenomena of our time, but it is not predetermined by fate. Society has an obligation to fight this problem with all the means at our disposal, the Ministry of Social Welfare and Social Protection makes helping victims of violence and eradicating this phenomenon as its main goal, so we are expanding the number of staff in the field to provide everyone who suffers from domestic violence , the opportunity to cope with this phenomenon as best as possible.
Sigal Moran, Director General of the Ministry of Social Welfare and Social Protection: “We are at the peak of an important period in the development of innovative services for women and their families who are in the cycle of violence. Various employees of the Ministry of Social Welfare and Social Protection deal with the issue of domestic violence every day and every hour, and we are determined to do our best to improve the process of dealing with it in various and non-standard ways, including additional domestic violence centers in local governments, shelters for women who are in danger, temporary apartments for men, Aluma centers that operate 24/7, and much more.
Deputy. Director General of Social Services and Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Combating Domestic Violence Eti Kisos: “We are in the process of an important and necessary stage in the development of the fight against domestic violence. We are constantly exposed to the most diverse forms of violence — verbal, physical, economic, sexual and emotional. The Ministry of Social Welfare and Social Protection is engaged every day in changing legislation, raising individual and public awareness, and developing the services of the Ministry in order to adapt them to the needs of women and their families as fully and fully as possible.
For information and advice on issues domestic violence: hotline 118 (24/7), hotline for men – 1218
Risk Identification Questionnaire: https://i-risk.co.il/
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