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WIZO Report: Domestic Violence Up 300% During Pandemic

Published annually by WIZO for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Domestic Violence Index showed a 300% increase in domestic violence complaints due mainly to Israel's 2 coronavirus pandemic-induced closures & subsequent economic crisis

November 25, 2020
WIZO Report: Domestic Violence Up 300% During Pandemic

Each year, in advance of The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against WomenWIZO releases its Domestic Violence Index. The data was collected by WIZO from the Ministry of Welfare, the Ministry of Health, the courts system and the Israel police and from monitoring the amount of calls to domestic violence hotlines.

According to this year's report, the number of complaints of domestic violence in Israel increased by 300% since March, attributed in part to the two coronavirus pandemic-induced closures and the subsequent economic crisis. 

WIZO's findings also show:

  • 20 women have been murdered in Israel so far this year, with 18 of the murders having occurred after the coronavirus pandemic first broke out in Israel in March.
  • A 350% increase in the number of women asking for help in centers for the prevention and treatment of domestic violence.
  • Data from the Ministry of Welfare also showed that from March to October, there was an increase of 240% in calls to social services departments throughout the country due to domestic violence
  • An average of 40 investigations into domestic violence are opened in Israel each day. They include severe offenses such as physical violence, trespassing, damage to property, violations of court orders and more
  • From 2019 to 2020, there was an increase of about 28% in the number of violent offenses against Jewish women, and an increase of 10% in the number of violent offenses against non-Jewish women in Israel.
  • Two-thirds of those convicted of domestic violence offenses and released during 2019 did not receive appropriate treatment for their violent tendencies, while the number of domestic violence convicts participating in community rehabilitation programs remained extremely low.

"The monstrous breadth of domestic violence cases during the coronavirus crisis should serve as a wake-up call for society as a whole and for the government in particular," said World WIZO Chairperson Anita Friedman. “The data reveals the State’s lack of resources and strategy in dealing with the enormous damage that isolation and closures have caused to tens of thousands of women who found themselves caught between a coronavirus pandemic and a domestic violence pandemic."

Read more on WIZO's Violence Index on YNet English News 

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