As the world marked International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Israel Police released figures showing an encouraging decline in violence against women over the past year. According to the police, 5 women were murdered by their partners in the first 11 months of 2009 compared with eleven in the corresponding period last year. This year, the police reported investigating 15,000 complaints of violence against their partners, down 24 percent from 2008.
However, Einat Rubin, Spokesperson for NIF grantee Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel (ARCCI), said that while welcoming the police data, her organization's hotline has seen no decline in complaints. She said, "We expect to finish 2009 with about 38,000 requests for help including 8,000 new complaints. This is only the tip of the iceberg and we reckon this is less than 20 percent of the people who have suffered sexual harm."
Meanwhile, hundreds demonstrated in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The protest was organized by ARCCI and Israel Women’s Network (IWN), another coalition seed-funded by NIF.