by Alice Sparberg Alexiou

Funding Change: Healing Violence

Violence against women has long been a problem in Israel: according to the women’s labor-Zionist organization Na’amat, one out of seven Israeli women has suffered from some form of partner abuse. Statistics show a significant rise. In reported violence in the past five years. But the good news is that professionals attribute this increase to the fact that battered women now are coming forward more readily. At present, 13 shelters exist in Israel for battered women, according to Barbara Swirski, the policy center director of Adva, an organization that dispenses information about social justice issues in Israel. Among them is one specifically for ultra-Orthodox women in Jerusalem, started in1998 by Estanne Fawer, a New York-based activist and philanthropist, who divide sher time between the U.S. and Israel.

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