Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, President Reuven Rivlin presents awards to two women for helping female victims of assault.
Adi Guzi and Shiri Mandelbaum both defended women when their partners physically attacked them.
“For too many women, home is a hell. Home is fear,” Rivlin says. “It is tense silence that could turn into threats, humiliation, the next beating.
“Violence is not just a punch. Violence is the power of words to humiliate and ridicule. Violence is manipulation, shouting, whispered insults. And violence can be expressed in limiting the freedom of women, limiting their ability to choose, limiting their ability to manage their money and their lives as they wish. We must not turn a blind eye to the plague of violence against women.”