“We have to get the community to pay attention, to notice things, to know where to refer people,” Jacobsohn said. “During the lockdown, people won’t see abused women at the university, in the garden, in the synagogue. We’re doing everything we can to get the message through, to get to all the circles that surround women.”
During the first month of the coronavirus crisis, before the full lockdown, calls to Bat Melech’s helpline grew by an estimated 35 to 40 %.
Zilit Jacobson, Bat Melech’s Chairwoman talks with The Times of Israel and shares the unique challenges of the Ultra-Orthodox community when it comes to seeking help for domestic violence victims.