Sharp Increase in Number of Violent Men Seeking Help
By Telem Yahav – Welfare Reporter for Yedioth Ahronoth (18.12.18), Translated by Yonatan Sredni
The wave of nationwide protests across Israel against the murder of women is making an impact: in the last three weeks there has been a sharp increase in the number of violent men who are calling and asking – "help us overcome our violent tendencies".
The statistics were provided by WIZO, which operates a special hotline for violent men seeking to free themselves from the cycle of domestic violence. Over the last three weeks, 150 men called WIZO’s helpline, while the monthly average of calls previously stood at 45. In other words, there was an increase of 200%. A large portion of the recent calls came from young married men seeking help dealing with their anger.
Avi Mor, the line’s coordinator said, “In many cases, the call to the helpline prevents increased violence in the home. Beyond that, many men that call the line later come for counseling in the domestic violence treatment centers throughout the country.”
The line is not only for men, but also for family members suffering from domestic violence who need help. “Everyone who calls receives counseling and direction,” Mor said.
The hotline’s number is: 1-800-393904
According to WIZO, each year the line receives 500 calls from men with 70% of them referred for further treatment.
A harsh reminder: Since January of this year 25 women have been murdered in Israel by their partners. In response to this horrifying statistic, a few weeks ago a new campaign was launched protesting violence against women with giant protests and marches across Israel. The protesters demanded that the government immediately allocate funds to deal with this severe issue. Many companies also joined the protests.
Gila Oshrat, Chairperson of WIZO Israel confidently stated that every man that wants to change his violent behavior could do so. "It is not taken for granted that men initiate a call for advice and treatment. We have proven success that all those who choose to receive counseling and treatment succeed in getting out of the cycle of violence and can rehabilitate their families."
The WIZO Men's Hotline is fully funded by WIZO USA and operates within the framework of the Janet Burros Center for the Treatment and Prevention of Violence in the Family, also sponsored by WIZO USA.
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