Woman attacked by husband regains consciousness, shares new details

"She called me a few minutes before it all happened and screamed - 'I can't take this any longer, I'm leaving! He's hitting me, he won't let me leave, help!'"

Abuse illustrative  (photo credit: INGIMAGE)
Abuse illustrative
(photo credit: INGIMAGE)
A woman in her early 30s was found seriously injured in Mitzpe Ramon in southern Israel on Friday. Her husband was arrested, the police stated, and the incident is suspected to be a case of domestic abuse.
Police received a report of shouting coming from a house in Mitzpe Ramon on Friday from a neighbor who had heard the yells and attempted to enter and help.
Police found the woman bleeding on the ground, covered in bruised and stab wounds. The wounds, according to the police, were apparently caused by a knife and a rolling pin which were found in the house with blood marks on them.
The couple’s one-and-a-half-year-old son was in the house when the husband allegedly attacked his wife, and was temporarily moved to the care of the neighbors, accompanied by welfare officials.
The victim was taken to Soroka-University Medical Center in Beersheba where she was in surgery throughout the night. On Saturday morning she was reported to be in serious condition but nevertheless stable. She was unconscious and intubated in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital.
On Saturday evening, Ynet reported that the victim had regained consciousness and spoke with her concerned parents.
Her father told reporters what happened from his point of view.
“She called me a few minutes before it all happened and screamed: ‘I can’t take this any longer, I’m leaving! He’s hitting me, he won’t let me leave, help!’”
The couple moved to the southern region approximately a year ago.
The police reported on Saturday morning that the 45-year-old husband is being interrogated. He had previously been addressed by the Tel Aviv Police after a case of domestic abuse between the couple in 2019. He will be brought before a court following Rosh Hashanah, which began on Friday evening and ends on Sunday evening.
“The case of severe violence [on Friday] was, to our dismay, not the last case of violence during lockdown,” said the Women’s International Zionist Organization (WIZO) Israel chairwoman Anita Friedman. “At a time in which Israel sits at the holiday table, the life of another woman is in danger – and, like her, thousands of women live in fear and pray to get through the holiday and the lockdown in peace.”
“Lockdown could be a death sentence for women suffering from violence,” Hagit Pe’er, chairwoman of the Jewish Women’s Organization Supporting Israel (NAAMAT), said. “The mental pressures, which collect into financial panic, are like a barrel of explosives, waiting to blow up among families suffering from day-to-day violence.”
Tobias Siegal contributed to this report.