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  7/23/2012, Av 4, 5772

C'tee OKs Sanctions Against Violence on Social Workers


The Knesset Labor, Welfare and Health Committee approved, Monday, a series of a sanctions directed against those who attack social workers or their property. The sanctions are part of a bill to go the Knesset for its second and third reading. Under the bill, an incident of verbal or physical abuse or harm to a social worker's property will result in a warning. Once warned, further incidents will result in the violator not being allowed in a social-services facility and services will be withheld for three or six months, depending on the type of violence.

In unusual situations, the manager of the facility will be given disgression to deal with the case. The bill also authorizes security guards at the facilities to ask for identification, to detain or remove a violator and to use a reasonable amount of force.