Accessibility to legal counseling in times of danger is often the difference between turning to counseling or not having it. The Glickman Center program enables women of low socioeconomic status who are in troubled family situations to obtain highly specialized legal counseling. This type of legal counseling integrates knowledge of the fields of both law (family, criminal, and civil rights) and social work, along with training in the recognition of dangerous situations and application of methods of assisting women to escape the cycle of violence in which they find themselves.
This proposal requests support for one of the key programs offered through the Glickman Center for the Treatment and Prevention of Domestic Violence in Tel Aviv: legal assistance for women who suffer from emotional and/or physical abuse by a husband or partner. Hiring a lawyer is often the first step toward breaking the cycle of abuse and gaining independence. However, many women lack the financial means required to pay attorney fees and as a result have difficulty getting themselves and their children out of dangerous situations.
The funding requested will ensure that two attorneys experienced in domestic abuse matters will serve the program’s clients on a full-time basis. There are two attorneys responsible for providing legal assistance to women at the Center:
Hadara Matar is the senior attorney for the legal assistance project. She has been working at the Glickman Center as a legal adviser since 1993. She received her law degree from Tel Aviv University and is a member of the Israeli Bar.
Efrat Namerode is the staff assistant attorney for the project making legal assistance available to women in Southern and Eastern Tel Aviv. Efrat received her law degree from Brunel University in London and her MBA from Derby University, Israel.
Total annual program cost: $89,400