The Public Security Committee has passed in a first reading a bill which, if it passes fully, would require confirmed domestic abusers for whom a protection order has been issued to wear electronic tracking bracelets. The bill was introduced four years ago by Joint List MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Hadash), chair of the Committee for the Advancement of Women and Gender Equality.
This, after a number of women’s rights organizations united and wrote a letter demanding that Israel’s MKs leave their political considerations at the door and join to fight violence against women.
“The organizations call on those responsible for the agreements to ensure the continuity of the legislation and to approve the bill on first reading in the Knesset plenum before it is dissolved,” the organizations said.
The bill would allow the court to order the use of electronic restraint on a person who has committed a violent offense against a family member based on a risk assessment, thus allowing women affected by violence to feel safer and more protected.