Data from the Ministry of Social Welfare show an increase in reports of domestic violence

In honor of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which will be marked on November 25, the Ministry of Welfare released its annual data showing an increase in violent incidents within the family.

Data from the ministry showed that from early 2021 to the end of October, 7,977 cases of domestic violence were reported to Center 118 which is run by the Ministry of Welfare. This is a 10% increase from last year.

Of the documented cases, 4,382 were cases of violence against women by their partner, 295 were cases of violence against men by their partner and 1,649 were cases of violence against children.

In May 2020, Center 118 put in place a system where people could send “silent messages” to the center by texting 0557000128. Between January and October, 334 silent messages were sent to the hotline.

In 2020, a separate special hotline was established for men who were experiencing domestic violence.

Aluma’s new emergency center for victims of domestic violence opens. (credit: RONEN HORESH / GPO)

That same year, the Ministry of Social Welfare established 165 regional centers across the country to address and prevent domestic violence. Of these, 59 centers were dedicated to domestic violence in the Arab sector, and four centers were dedicated to the Haredi sector.

Similarly, in the last year two new shelters for women were opened, but unlike the increase seen in reports of domestic violence and of people who resort to care and prevention centers, shelters for women throughout the country marked a decrease in women in 2021, 498 women went to shelters in 2021 compared to 603 in 2020.

“Domestic violence is a severe social phenomenon, but it doesn’t have to be,” said Social Welfare Minister Meir Cohen. “As a society, we have the ability to work to prevent the phenomenon, set aside resources to help the victims and offer them full defense and support.

“The Ministry of Social Welfare puts the treatment and prevention of domestic violence at the top of its priorities. The ministry developed many responses to deal with the phenomenon. Thanks to the approval of the budget, we have increased the budget of the inter-ministerial plan to 155 million of NIS for 2022. We will not settle for a situation in which the home becomes a trap of violence and fear for so many women and children. “

“We are at a time of increasing development of services for women and families who are trapped in a cycle of violence and emphasize the recognition and prevention of domestic violence,” said the Director General of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Sigal Moran.

“Social workers in the department of social services and in the ministry are working not only to give the best response to those who have already experienced violence, but also to act in various creative ways to make women who are caught in a cycle of violence Understand your situation and dare to ask for help.

“Last month we opened the Aluma Center, the first center of its kind in the world, which acts as an emergency room for domestic violence. The more we make services accessible and develop new responses to domestic violence, the more we see to people asking for help, which is an important initial step to get out of the cycle of violence. “

The new Aluma Center is a 24/7 emergency center that includes all relevant officials to help deal with domestic violence, from police to law enforcement officials to health officials. mental. The center also has dormitories to allow victims of domestic violence to have an emergency place to sleep in the short term.

“One of the most important advances on the issue of domestic violence is to clarify the definition of the term and clarify what qualifies as violence,” said the deputy director general of Social Services and president of the Interministerial Commission for the Treatment of Domestic Persons . Violence Iris Florentine.

“We have learned that not only physical violence harms women and children. We have also seen economic violence, sexual violence, verbal violence and emotional violence. Along with the development of services and changes in the law, our mission is also to make information be more accessible and public awareness.

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