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Some 600,000 children living in Israel today have witnessed domestic violence in
their home, a report published on Wednesday revealed.
The WIZO report
also stated that about 200,000 women victims of domestic violence reside in the
Prof. Einat Peled of Tel Aviv University’s School of
Social Work told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday that children exposed to
violence in the home have been statistically proven to be more likely to lack
stability and experience emotional difficulties than other
“When you consider the children who are exposed to violence, we
know that in the worst cases, the child lives in an environment of terror, fear
and lack of confidence,” she explained. “Secondly, there could also be
developmental issues in the fact the child is exposed to problematic models for
interpersonal communication and problem solving.”
“Watching abuse take
place can affect the relationship between the child and his parents,” Peled
“His relationship with an abusive father is problematic because of
the violence, and his relationship with a mother who isn’t able to defend
herself is also a problem because the child may see her as weak.”
stressed, however, that these consequences vary and are more or less severe
depending on the degree and frequency of the violence occurring in the
The WIZO study, which is based on data collected by welfare
departments and law enforcement authorities, also revealed that in the past
year, some 7,335 women, 1,021 children and 2,860 men were treated in 89 centers
for the treatment and prevention of domestic violence across the
In total, about 15,000 inquiries were made to such centers this
Moreover, some 621 women and 1,047 children received assistance in
14 shelters for battered women this year.
According to the data, every
year about 60 women who begin the process of integrating into a shelter do not
The WIZO figures also showed that 17,444 cases of violence within
the family were opened by police in 2013.
Out of the cases, about 11,303
had originated from complaints of violence against women. Another 657 of them
were opened as a result of violations of restraining orders. The total number of
such orders filed this year is 7,183.
By the end of the current year, the
number of cases opened by police is expected to reach 20,000 and complaints of
violence against women are estimated to rise to 13,000, according to the
Moreover, 19 women were murdered by their partner or a family
member since November 2012 until today. In the past decade, a total of 186 women
were murdered by family members.
In terms of battered women’s ability to
function on a daily basis, Peled told the Post that although abuse is a strain
on women’s everyday lives, some women are still able to assume their roles as
mothers and working women.
In terms of medical treatment, about 4,170
women were treated in various healthcare services for injuries following
domestic violence and sexual assault in 2012, the report showed. An additional
536 women who suffered such injuries refused to be treated.
don’t even ask for help,” Peled said. “In these cases we need to think of how we
can make these services more accessible to them, and by accessible I mean to
adapt the range of services to different cultures and different languages, for
example. The aid needs to be adapted to women in different
She added that although great efforts on the subject have
already been made in Israel, “we still have a way to go.”