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January 5, 2017 10:48 am

Social Service Organization Expands Domestic Violence Treatment to Southern Israel

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Dr. Shlomit Lehman, director of Yad Sarah's family centers for domestic violence treatment. Photo: Courtesy of Yad Sarah.

Dr. Shlomit Lehman, director of Yad Sarah’s family centers for domestic violence treatment. Photo: Courtesy of Yad Sarah.

JNS.org – The Israeli social service organization Yad Sarah announced the opening of its second facility dedicated to the treatment of victims and perpetrators of domestic violence.

Yad Sarah’s new “family center” in Israel’s western Negev region joins the organization’s existing domestic violence treatment center in Jerusalem, which opened in 2000.

Dr. Shlomit Lehman, director of Yad Sarah’s family centers, said the organization decided to open a Negev-based facility due to the need for such services in southern Israel, particularly for those who “suffer from the trauma and disruptions of the ongoing Gaza conflict.”

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“After seeing the good work of Yad Sarah’s Jerusalem program, we looked for opportunities to bring those services to other parts of Israel. This new center will address the serious problem of domestic violence, building on the successes of the Jerusalem program,” said Paul Komor, president of the Rosenbojm Komor Foundation, which provided a grant to fund the creation of the new center. Israeli municipal governments also funded the facility.

Yad Sarah — which calls itself Israel’s largest volunteer-led organization — said that part-time social workers will comprise the staff at the Negev center, which will offer group and individual therapy. The new center will ultimately also feature couples therapy, art therapy, conferences and school outreach programs, mirroring the Jerusalem center’s offerings.

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