Programs For Women's Empowerment
Legal Aid Walk-In Centers
Single Parent Centers
Single Parent Groups
Battered Women's Shelters
Centers For The Prevention Of Violence
Women's Lives Improved
Women for women – the heart of WIZO
✓ To raise the numbers of women in positions of power and influence.
✓ To promote policies and legislation that aim to achieve gender equality.
✓ To reduce violence in Israeli society.
The Janet Burros Center For The Treatment And Prevention Of Violence
Domestic violence often destroys families. But it doesn’t have to. When the family can be helped and the abuser rehabilitated, WIZO steps in. This not only saves the family, but it prevents the abuse from continuing to the next generation.
Families living with a violent father are at physical risk as well as risk for failure. Often, kids do not want to come home and cannot concentrate in school. They perform poorly academically and may develop a host of psychological and emotional issues. Without intervention, violence will continue, and the family will suffer.
WIZO’s three Centers for the Treatment and Prevention of Violence are dedicated to stopping acts of abuse and to help violent members of the family deal with difficulties in a non-threatening way. The individual and group programs are run at the center while maintaining the family unit and eliminating violence. The staff includes social workers who specialize in anger management and the treatment of domestic violence as well as dedicated volunteers. The centers specialize in the effects of abuse on children and offer group and individual counseling for children. Our centers have saved hundreds of families from violence.
Why We Need You
WIZO needs additional funds in order to be able to save the families that turn to us.
“The house is so much calmer. We all work together to talk through the issues instead of screaming and yelling. It is a group effort but it works.”
Violent Men's Hotline
It is estimated that there are 200,000 battered women and 600,000 children who are exposed to domestic violence in Israel. Most programs that aim to reduce domestic violence focus on removing the wife and children from the home. WIZO believes that it is possible to reduce domestic violence by treating the violent person himself and we are dedicated to doing so.
A man who is violent and incapable of handling his emotions and frustrations in a nonviolent way most often lashes out at those closest to him. The whole family suffers. The children develop emotional issues, often suffering in school and socially. The family unit is damaged. Without treatment, the violence continues and can even reoccur generationally.
WIZO runs the only helpline of its kind in Israel to assist violent men in taking responsibility and getting the help they need. Many violent men do not want to be abusive but lack the tools they need to deal with their anger in nonviolent ways. The advice hotline, staffed by trained volunteers, provides initial support and encouragement and guides the men towards the best next step towards complete support. The anonymous nature of the hotline allows for men to call without the fear of stigma.
Why We Need You
WIZO wants to expand the hours of operation in order to help more men overcome their violent tendencies and prevent the disintegration of families.
“I was alone with my anger and had nowhere to turn. Calling the hotline gave me the first step to change my ways and have better communication with my family.”
Gina Fromer Shelters For Battered Women
There are at least 200,000 women living with abuse in Israel. Most of these women have no safe place to go. WIZO runs two shelters for battered women and their children to them from violent conditions.
Women who have lived with abusive men are in acute danger of losing their lives. Every passing day, their children are at a greater physical and psychological risk. Without a safe place to go and without intervention, it is a matter of time until they are irreversibly harmed.
WIZO’s shelters provide safety and security for women and children fleeing abusive men. The shelters accommodate families for a minimum of six months at a time. Children who come here are either witnesses to the abuse or have been abused themselves. Many have trauma from the events. A main goal of the shelters is to prepare the mothers and children for an independent and violence-free life. To this end, the shelters provide group and individual therapies as well as tutoring to assist in any lack in studies. Mothers receive legal aid, therapy, and job training.
Why We Need You
WIZO is currently raising funds to enhance the shelters’ Independence Programs which prepare women for the day after when they leave the shelters for a new life.
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“When I left the shelter I was stronger and more independent than ever. WIZO took me out of the darkness that was my life.”