The Knesset Labor, Welfare and Health Committee passed, Monday, its second and third reading of a bill to give a readjustment grant of 8,000 shekels to women within 60 days of their leaving a shelter for battered women. A woman must spend at least two months in a shelter to received the grant and is not eligible if she returns to the one who abused her.
The bill calls for a 1,000-shekel grant for each child who is with her, not to exceed two children. It will not lower the amount received by those who are on income support, nor will it be considered income for income-tax purposes. Committee Chairman Chaim Katz expressed hope that the bill would pass its second and third readings in the Knesset before the parliament disbands.