The “Warm Home” Programmes for young women suffering from emotional neglect and living in vulnerable situations operates at the centres five days a week. Here they receive hot meals, counselling and social assistance, enabling them to build their self-confidence and increase self-esteem. Teenage girls at risk also take part in a variety of programmes to improve their sense of self-worth and perception of body image.

The ADI Programme, which supports girls at risk between the ages of 13 and 16, operates at our centre in Be’er Sheva. Most of the girls are runaways and come from abusive families. After attending the programme for a year or two, the girls are integrated back into society and school.

The Olive Tree Project, an exciting art initiative promoting peaceful co-existence and tolerance in Israel, originated at WIZO’s Community Centre in Afula. Thirty-five Israeli women aged 17-80, from all cultural and religious backgrounds, came together to paint olive trees depicting peace. This is the first of a series of initiatives showcasing the diversity of WIZO’s work.

The Violent Men’s Helpline is the only help line of its kind in Israel to assist violent men in taking responsibility and getting the help they need. Many violent men do not want to continue in this way but lack the tools they need to deal with their anger in nonviolent ways. The advice hotline, staffed by trained volunteers, provides initial support and encouragement, and guides the men to the best next step towards complete support. The anonymous nature of the hotline allows men to call without the fear of stigma.

WIZO’s three Centres for the Treatment and Prevention of Violence are dedicated to stopping acts of abuse and to helping violent members of the family deal with difficulties in a non-threatening way. The individual and group programmes are run at the centre while maintaining the family unit and working to eliminate violence. The staff includes social workers who specialise in anger management and the treatment of domestic violence, as well as counselling for children suffering from the effects of abuse. Our centres have saved hundreds of families from violence.

Empowerment & Leadership for Women and Girls. WIZO runs programmes for single mothers, abused women and girls at risk in difficult situations. These programmes empower them to lead independent and stable lives.  At the other end of the spectrum, WIZO holds courses and workshops in community leadership and politics for those who exhibit leadership qualities and ambitions.  Through these courses, women and girls develop their skills and bring improvements to their communities