Domestic Violence Shelter & Couselling Centres

The Na’amat Canada Glickman Centre for Family Violence Prevention

domestic-1For more than 20 years, working to end domestic violence has been an integral part of Na'amat's mission. Established in 1993, the Na'amat Canada Glickman Centre for Family Violence Prevention, in Tel Aviv, is a safe haven for victims of domestic abuse. This unique centre can shelter up to 14 women and 16 children at one time, while the counselling and guidance units serve between 100 and 150 women each month.

Staff and volunteers help give residents a sense of physical safety and emotional security. During their stay, (an average of six months), the women regain their sense of self-worth often eroded by years of abuse. In the words of Orit Eaton, Glickman Centre Director, counselling frequently continues after the women leave the shelter, as it does for some of their children. When a woman is made aware of her rights when she learns how to take control of her life and refuses to be dominated and dictated to by others, then she is beginning to travel the road that will free her from the nightmare of domestic violence. In addition to assisting the victims of domestic violence, the Glickman Centre provides long-term counselling to male perpetrators. With a 90 percent rehabilitation rate among treatable perpetrators, Na'amat is well known for successfully rebuilding dysfunctional families. Na'amat also delivers domestic violence prevention programmes as well as family counselling and mediation sessions.

Rhodie Blanshay Benaroch Children's Centre

domestic-2The smallest victims of violence, the children living at the Glickman Centre, now have a place to play - The Rhodie Blanshay Benaroch Children's Activity Centre. This new wing of the shelter houses in it a computer room, a baby nursery, a kindergarten, an audio visual education corner, a library, a learning centre, and an outdoor playground. Rhodie Blanshay Benaroch was a dynamic third generation Na'amat member who made a personal commitment to building a safe and loving environment for the children who needed it the most. While she is no longer with us, Rhodie was the catalyst behind this ground-breaking project and Na'amat Canada has now completed the task, in her memory.