Violence affects the lives of women everywhere – cutting across social divides, occurring in private homes or in the community at large. Women are beaten, raped, mutilated, and killed without cause. However, there is hope. CHW supports WIZO Shelters – ensuring that women, and their children, have a safe place to turn.
There are a number of ways in which women arrive at WIZO shelters in Israel. Some will use the national hotline and receive a referral to a Centre for Treatment and the Prevention of Violence in the Family, while others may be transferred to a shelter for battered women and children. Interestingly, women cannot call the shelter directly, as the numbers are not listed. In order to access a shelter, they must go through a social worker or by contacting a police station. The social worker will then be able to assist these women with forming a plan for their future.
There are two aims of a WIZO shelter; to save lives and to provide women with an environment where they can relax, and in turn, feel comfortable enough to be able to make decisions about the rest of their lives. The shelter acts as a safe haven for these women, where they can slowly decide what they want to do with the help of trained professionals. Ultimately, the goal of the shelter is to bring women back to where they were before they entered an abusive relationship, by providing a space for them to regain their lost identity.
Through funding provided by CHW, programs at shelters are able to grow and continue to improve their services. Through your support, CHW can continue to provide a future for the many women and children who depend on these services for their very survival.