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The Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment Unit of the National Public Health Service under the Ministry of Health publishes data on patients who came to the health system and were recognized or suspected of being victims of domestic violence or sexual harassment for 2020-2021. These are data collected from all general hospitals (public, public and private), polyclinics and health insurance companies.
These data include male and female patients of all age groups across a range of parameters, including physical abuse/sexual abuse, physical and mental abuse, neglect/denial of treatment, financial abuse, threatening harassment and more.
This year, 8,647 male and female patients of all ages were identified as victims of domestic violence and sexual harassment.
• This year, 6,364 patients were identified and treated:
• About 16% of patients aged 12 years and younger
• Approximately 10% of patients aged 13 to 18.
• More than 50% of patients aged 19 to 64.
• 21% of patients aged 65 and older
2,631 patients received care in hospitals and 3,726 received care in the community.
Of those diagnosed, the most common types of harm were physical abuse (36%), mental abuse (22%), neglect/denial of treatment ( 15%) and sexual assault/assault (10%).
• This year, 2,283 patients were identified and treated, including:
• More than 50% of patients aged 12 years and younger
• About 15% of patients aged 13-18
x About 14% of patients aged 19-64
• Approximately 16% of patients aged 65 years and older
1188 patients were treated in hospitals and 1095 patients in the community.
Of all diagnoses, more than 70% were associated with injuries resulting from physical violence, 36 % — with neglect/denial of treatment and 18% — with mental abuse.
In 2021, 9,701 patients were detected. This is 12% more than in 2020. It is possible that this is due to the exit from the corona crisis, when during 2021 there was a return to the active use of medical services and even an increase in calls due to domestic violence and sexual harassment.
x This year, 7,366 female patients were identified and treated, of which:
• 42% of patients aged 12 years and younger
• About 10% of patients aged 13-18 years
• 36% of patients aged 19-64
x 11% of patients aged 65 years and older
3310 patients were treated in hospitals, and 4056 —
Of all the injuries diagnosed, 37% were caused by physical abuse, 22% by neglect/denial of treatment, 15% by sexual abuse/assault, 14% by mental abuse, and 4% by financial abuse.
• This year, 2,335 patients were identified and treated, including:
• Half of patients aged 12 years and under
x 18% of patients aged 13-18 years
• 13% of patients aged 19-64
• About a fifth of patients aged 65 and older.
1246 patients were treated in hospitals, and 1089 — at the place of residence.
Of all those diagnosed, 42% were associated with physical violence, 40% — with neglect/refusal of treatment and 5% of patients were diagnosed as victims of sexual abuse/abuse.
The Ministry of Health is also working to identify patients at Tipot Halav points, where direct interviews are conducted with patients to identify cases of domestic violence.
During 2021, 956 women were diagnosed at Tipot Halav checkpoints as victims of violence or sexual abuse: 45% suffered from psychological abuse, 21% from verbal abuse, 20% from physical abuse, 7% from financial abuse, 5% from threatening harassment and 2% from sexual abuse/bullying.
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