Crime scene (illustrative).
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A Ramat Hasharon man is suspected of murdering his wife in their apartment on Wednesday morning, less than a month after she submitted a police complaint against him, fearing for her safety.
Tel Aviv police said they received a call from the couple’s son, who said his father had just called and told him that he had hurt his mother. When they arrived at the apartment, police found the woman, aged 67, lying in the entry with wounds to her upper body.
Paramedics who entered the house with police ruled the woman dead at the scene. The husband, aged 79, was treated for light injuries suffered by a cut to one of his arms, and police suspect he murdered his wife and then tried and failed to take his own life.
A Tel Aviv police spokesman said they await the results of an autopsy to determine whether the woman died from being bludgeoned or stabbed to death.
Police confirmed that in November, the woman submitted two police complaints against her husband, and also secured a restraining order against him. They added that the husband was questioned at the time and that police handed over the findings of their investigation to prosecutors.
During a recent court hearing, the couple agreed that the husband could stay in the residence, and that the two would sleep in separate rooms, police added.
On Wednesday, Yael Gold, the head of the NGO No2Violence said the murder shows “the difficulties women face in trying to get out of the circle of domestic violence” and “the need to look at lethal domestic violence against women as a national priority.”