(Dec. 31, 2012) On November 5, 2012, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Welfare Services (Adaptation Grant for Women Who Have Stayed in a Shelter for Battered Women) Law, 5773-2012. The Law provides for an adaptation grant for any woman who has stayed for at least 60 days in a shelter for battered women, to assist her with adapting to new circumstances.
The Law requires that the grant be issued in accordance with a treatment-rehabilitation plan set for the woman for the period following her leaving the shelter, provided that at the time of her exit she does not return to her prior permanent place of residence.
The Law also requires that any request for an adaptation grant be submitted to the Ministry of Welfare and Social Services. It further provides that the amount of the grant will be NIS8,000 (about US$2,143), in addition to NIS1,000 (about US$268) for each child, for up to two children. (Id.) These amounts are adjusted each year in accordance with the increase in the consumer price index, as published by the Central Bureau of Statistics.
According to explanatory notes for the draft bill for the Law, the grant is designed to assist battered women whose stay at the shelter may affect their lifestyle and their economic conditions, as a result of their having to either leave or reduce the scope of their employment. The exit from a shelter for battered women, according to the draft bill’s explanatory notes, raises both emotional and financial difficulties that justify financial assistance for adaptation. (Welfare Services (Adjustment Grant for Women Who Have Stayed in a Shelter for Battered Women) Law, 5773-2012, Sefer HaHukim [Book of Laws, official gazette] No. 2387 p. 34 (5773-2012), Knesset website, & the related bill (both in Hebrew & both last visited Dec. 28, 2012).)