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Knesset Bill to Increase Aid to Battered Women

The Knesset passed the second and third readings of a law granting additional benefits to battered women who are living in shelters and other facilities, HA'ARETZ reported. The bill was proposed by MK's Anat Maor (Meretz) and Gennady Riger (Yisrael b'Aliyah). Under the new law, a battered woman who has gone into hiding for at least three months and has begun divorce proceedings to be declared a single parent, will be eligible for state assistance.

Initially the bill called for assistance only for women who sought help at a shelter for battered women. It became apparent however, that in certain segments of Israeli society, women do not flee to shelters, but to family or friends who can protect them from an abusive husband or partner.

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