Empowerment and Violence Prevention Programs for At-Risk Groups
Since El HaLev’s founding in 2003, the organization has invested many resources in preventing violence against at-risk children and teens, survivors of violence and their families, people with physical or mental disabilities, people coping with mental illness, seniors, and other vulnerable groups. We have done this out of a firm belief in every person’s right to live with freedom, safety, and dignity.
Our extensive experience creating and adapting programs to the specific needs of these groups is beyond compare. We’ve worked with hundreds of safe homes, boarding schools, special needs classes, shelters for battered women, violence prevention centers, special education schools, and seniors’ clubs. Our senior staff members are internationally renowned experts who contribute their vast knowledge to various institutions throughout the world.
This devoted staff is also culturally sensitive, adapting our programs to ideally meet the needs of individuals from the entire social spectrum of Israel: the religious sector, haredim, new immigrants, Ethiopian immigrants, the Arab sector, etc. We see this as an integral part of the realization of our vision for creating a respectful, healthy, and safe society.
“The instructor taught the girls the principles of self-defense with professionalism, warmth, sensitivity, and determination. She strengthened their awareness, focusing on coping skills, and the girls acquired skills and their self-esteem and sense of capability was boosted, which is very important to their coping with a very difficult day-to-day life.”
Genstil Center for At-Risk Teens
“The experience you gave us was very powerful for the women in female empowerment, a sense of control, and a feeling of capability. For women who have been through a lot of violence, this is an important experience that can’t be taken for granted: to succeed with the self-defense materials in an accepting and safe environment, and to leave it feeling good and with an experience of learning and self-esteem.”