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In light of two brutal domestic violence cases on Sunday – which left two women
dead at the hands of their spouses, who both later committed suicide – Na’amat
President Talia Livni called on the government Monday to set up a national
authority dedicated exclusively to tackling the growing number of domestic abuse
cases and violence against women.
“[Sunday’s] murders were not the result
of cases falling through the cracks or of women not receiving assistance from
the relevant services,” she observed, referring to the killing of Olga Mazur,
stabbed by her husband at their home in Kiryat Ata, and, in a separate incident,
the killing of Miri Klein, a social worker from Massad near Tiberias, who was
shot by her estranged husband.
In both cases, the husbands had previously
been reported to the authorities, and both had been subject to criminal
“These cases illustrate the need for improving the process
and for the creation of a single body to coordinate information between all
those responsible for such issues,” said Livni. She also chided the way the
media highlight such murders, and called on journalists to adopt a code of
ethics similar to those used when covering suicide, a phenomenon that also
prompts copycat acts.
According to statistics published Monday by the
Ministry of Welfare and Social Services, 765 women and 1,097 children sought
refuge in battered women’s shelters in 2010. In addition, some 11,000 men and
women were given treatment in ministry-run centers specifically dealing with
domestic violence; of these, 70 percent were women.
“Too many women lodge
complaints against violent partners and their complaints are not adequately
dealt with,” commented Likud MK Tzipi Hotovely, chairwoman of the Knesset
Committee on the Status of Women. “We must look much more closely at how we can
save these women before they lose their lives.”
Minister of Welfare and
Social Affairs Moshe Kahlon met Monday morning with social workers in Jerusalem
and expressed regret at the two murders, particularly that of Klein, who worked
in Tiberias with at-risk youth and children.
“I did not know her
personally, but I have learned that she was a dedicated professional and a
wonderful mother,” Kahlon said. “There is no forgiveness for this horrible and