The Knesset plenum passed in its second and third readings a proposal for an amendment to the Social Services Law providing a special adjustment grant for battered women who take refuge in state-run shelters. The proposal was submitted by MK Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid) and discussed by the Labor, Welfare and Health Committee.

According to the new law, a woman who took refuge in a shelter and is eligible for a financial grant will receive it on the day she leaves the shelter, rather than two months later as the existing law determines.

”The law which determines that (battered women) will receive a grant two months after leaving the shelter is not being implemented on the ground,” MK Lavie said. ”Time passes and the women are forced to return home to the abusive men. In order to continue the rehabilitation process, they need the money immediately, otherwise it may be too late.”

MK Zahava Gal-On (Meretz), who initiated a similar bill in the previous Knesset, said ”this is not the first time a law that pertains to the wellbeing of battered women is not enforced. The government is (ignoring) the Knesset.”

Thirty-one MKs voted in favor of the bill in its first reading, and 32 voted in favor of the proposal in the second reading. No one opposed.