In Israel, about 200,000 women and 600,000 children experience domestic violence each year. The incidence of domestic violence in the religious sector is slightly less, but not much different than in the general population.
Bat Melech has done much to remove the veil of secrecy that has surrounded domestic violence. Increasing the awareness of domestic violence issues, in Israel and all Jewish communities abroad, is essential to treating the problem.
Educational Tools and Programs:
Guide to Halacha (Jewish Law) on Domestic Violence
“The Cry of the King’s Daughter” is a halachic guide that presents an in-depth review of Jewish Law pertaining to domestic violence. It is authored by Noach Korman, Adv, founder and director of Bat Melech. It contains many references to the prohibitions and extreme severity of domestic violence in Jewish Law. The guide has been published in Hebrew, English and Russian.
Bar Melech produced the video “V’heishiv Lev Avot” (“Return the Hearts of the Fathers”), a video aimed at raising awareness about domestic violence issues within the religious sector, and the ways of dealing with this phenomenon. The video tells the story of a young boy at Bar Mitzva age, who is suffering from domestic violence, and how the boys teachers, Rabbis and parents try to assist him to cope with his trials. Thousands of copies of the video have been distributed among the religious sector, and has a strongly positive effect, causing much debate on the topic. Many schools have screened the video followed by class discussions on the topic of domestic violence.
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Puppet Show for Girls
Bat Melech has produced a puppet show called “The Best Night of My Life” directed by Noah Ariel. A powerful and experiential presentation, it explains the processes that women who are caught in a violent relationship undergo, and how difficult it is to escape from these processes. Tens of thousands of girls throughout Israel have seen the show, thereby gaining knowledge as to how to identify early warning signs and to how to avoid entering into a violent relationship. To arrange a viewing of the show, please contact us:firstname.lastname@example.org
Well-known Rabbis, Marriage Counselors, and Therapists participate in conferences arranged by Bat Melech in order to raise awareness regarding the prevention of domestic violence in religious communities. Among the topics under discussion are: Identification of early-warning signs, avoidance of violent relationships, guidance as to the appropriate responses and how to assistance when the need arises.
The Bat Melech staff participates and presents at various conferences on domestic violence. Our multi-talented staff has presented lectures to various professional groups including medical personnel, police, Rabbis, family counselors, and more. The lectures are accompanied by statistics and examples from real-life cases from our shelters, using educational material produced by Bat Melech. To arrange for a lecture, please contact Bat Melech.
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