Government approves grants for victims of domestic abuse

Bill calls for women to be given NIS 8,000 upon their departure from a shelter and an additional NIS ,1000 per child.

By
February 6, 2012 03:16
Woman covers her face [illustrative]

Domestic violence battered woman abuse 311. (photo credit: Thinkstock/Imagebank)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Victims of abuse in a battered women’s shelter for over 30 days will be given an “acclimation grant” from the government when they leave, according to a bill approved by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation on Sunday.

The bill, proposed by MK Zehava Gal-On (Meretz), calls for women to be given NIS 8,000 upon their departure from a shelter and an additional NIS ,1000 per child.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


“This is revolutionary for women who suffered from domestic violence,” Gal-On said. “Whoever was in a battered women’s shelter will now have a chance to build a new life without returning to the house where she was abused.”

According to Gal-On, many women in battered women’s shelters return to their abusive husbands because they are not able to support themselves.

The grant, she said, will give the women time to “stand on their own two feet,” rent an apartment and look for work.

The Meretz MK’s proposal would cost under NIS four million each year.

The bill is expected to be brought to a preliminary vote in the Knesset on Monday, and will have to pass three more votes before becoming law.

Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
August 31, 2014
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN