The Toni Eliashar SHEKEL Therapeutic Center, which provides critical therapeutic counseling for people with special needs, was officially inaugurated earlier this month. It is part of the Hebrew University’s prestigious Haruv Institute’s Children’s Campus, Israel’s leading body for research, training and services in the area of child abuse.According to statistics published by the medical journal, The Lancet, and the World Health Organization, people with special needs are nearly four times more likely to suffer abuse, both physical and sexual, than those without disabilities.To help cope with this reality, SHEKEL established a center 10 years ago to educate and treat people with special needs on issues related to abuse. The Toni Eliashar Center treats approximately 400 special-needs children and adults from all sectors of society – religious and secular, Jewish and Arab.The center is an integral part of the broad spectrum of community- based services SHEKEL provides for adults and children with disabilities all over the country.The Haruv Children’s Campus, which was opened in January, incorporates eight leading Israeli organizations in the area of abuse. SHEKEL was invited to join the campus as Israel’s foremost facility for providing therapeutic services for children and adults with cognitive and intellectual disabilities.Joining the Haruv Institute allows the Center’s professional team to be part of a multi-professional community in the area of abuse.The Toni Eliashar SHEKEL Therapeutic Center is dedicated in loving memory of Toni Eliashar, through the generosity of the Eliashar family, in partnership with the Jerusalem Foundation. The Center was originally established by SHEKEL in partnership with the JDC, the municipality and the Welfare Ministry. It has been supported by Israel’s National Insurance Institute Foundation, the Weinberg Foundation and the Ted Arison Foundation.