“It’s much harder to leave a shelter than it is to enter one.”
-Michal Orion Sagi, Head of WIZO Emergency Shelter for Women and Children
COVID-19 isn’t the only global pandemic to worry about; the worldwide increase in domestic violence has been coined the Shadow Pandemic by the United Nations. Globally, 1 in 3 women experience physical or sexual violence by a partner. The number of domestic violence complaints in Israel has increased by 800% since the beginning of COVID. True to its mission, Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW) is leading the way to empower women by stepping up emergency support and services at this critical time.
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.
Due to the increase in domestic violence in Israel, our partnership with, and support of, WIZO is more critical than ever. In response to the rising domestic crisis, WIZO opened a new emergency shelter during the COVID-19 lockdown to support those escaping volatile situations. Women leaving the WIZO emergency shelter with their children require a helping hand to be reintegrated back into a safe community.
CHW supports WIZO Shelters through Essentials Kits and the Safety Net Program – ensuring that women, and their children, have a safe place to turn.
Kits are provided for women leaving a WIZO emergency shelter. The Kit provides basic necessities like small electric appliances, clothing, school supplies, linens, kitchen utensils, and other household items.
The Kits are tailored to the specific needs of each family, to help families launch a fresh start in a new home environment.
Safety Net Program
Women leaving the WIZO emergency shelter with their children require a helping hand to be reintegrated back into a safe community. They face extreme financial, emotional, and social challenges.
The Safety Net Program has nearly a 100% success rate to break the cycle of violence and prevent victims from re-entering an abusive relationship. The Safety Net Program assists with financial, social, and personal support, helping to provide and care for the victims’ greatest needs.