The Knesset Labor, Welfare and Health Committee unanimously approved for second and third readings, Monday, a bill to give women living in shelters for battered women more than a month a 75-percent income-support stipend. The women are currently not covered while people on probation and drug rehabilitation are.
The committee's version of the bill goes beyond Treasury recommendations in making all qualifying women eligible for the benefit and not just those who qualified on entering a shelter. It also makes all qualifying women eligible at the time the law goes into effect and not just those who will pass the one-month mark after the law goes into effect. The Finance Ministry may challenge. Co-sponsor Zehava Gal-On called the committee's decision "great news for battered women who were afraid to run the shelter lest they lose their income."