Knesset bill keeps domestic abuse cases behind closed doors

July 18, 2012 18:09

A multiparty effort succeeded on Tuesday to pass a new bill into law that domestic violence cases will be heard in court behind closed doors, according to a joint statement released Wednesday .

The bill was co-sponsored by Knesset members across the spectrum, including: Nina Absadza (Kadima), Meretz party leader Zehava Gal-On, Opposition leader Shelly Yechimovich (Labor), MK Miri Regev (Likud) and Einat Wolf (Independence). The court will still have the authority to order that hearings be open to the public, but the default will be that hearings will be behind closed doors.

Absadza said that the law was "born of a true need of women who complained of domestic violence and found themselves having to testify about intimate aspects of their relationship, the violence and abuse they suffered, before a full court" of people.

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