Country Israel
Year 2008
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Violence against women and girls

Brief Description


There are aggravated offenses in the Penal Code, which address cases when the injured party is a spouse, family member or a minor:

  • Section 382(b) of the Penal law: A person who assaults a relative, (his spouse, including the person publicly known as his spouse, a minor or person under care, for whom the offender is responsible), is liable to double the penalty set for the offense of an assault, i.e. from 2 to 4 years of imprisonment.
  • Section 382 (c ) of the Penal law: A person who assaults and causes actual bodily harm to his spouse, including the person publicly known as his spouse, is liable to double the penalty i.e. from 3 to 6 years of imprisonment.
  • Section 335 (a1) of the Penal law: A person who assaults and causes grievous harm of his relative is liable to 10 years of imprisonment, (compare to 7 years for assault of a non-relation).

Source of Information

Response of the Government of Israel to the questionnaire on violence against women, February 2009