Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel

Position paper: Women Asylum Seekers Victims of Domestic Violence (November 2015)

Date: 9.7.18 Source: ASSAF

Below is ASSAF's position paper on the topic of asylum seekers who are victims of domestic violence. We presented the paper to the Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality on the 23rd of November 2015, at a special discussion marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Many women asylum seekers fall victim to domestic violence, however without a status in Israel and without access to social services, except for the most extreme cases, they are often left helpless and susceptible to violence against themselves and their children. With no other choice, they are often coerced to go back to their violent partner and to the cycle of violence. Therefore, women asylum seekers who are victims of domestic violence, should be included in any national-level plan in the prevention and fight against domestic violence.