The phenomenon of violence against women is typified by the close relationship with the attacker, who usually comes from within the circle of the woman’s close relatives. The private nature of the violence against women sometimes renders it ‘transparent’, so that it is almost not seen because it takes place within the home or because society views it as legitimate. Violence puts the women victim at risk of death, disability and affects their emotional state and health. A long string of laws and regulations define violence at different levels as punishable criminal offences. Nowadays, women in Israel are regularly battered, raped, sexually harassed, are trafficked and even murdered.
The chapter strives to support women who experience violence and sexual harassment by undermining the common myths relating to rape, highlighting the indicators of violent men and surveying the available legal, mental and medical support systems.