Domestic violence – the Israeli solution

June 16, 2021 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce New South Wales (AICC) in partnership with Microsoft Australia, the Embassy of Israel in Australia and the Israeli not-for-profit Michal Sela Forum have initiated a ground-breaking collaboration to prevent domestic violence.
This initiative will be launched at a roundtable event on Thursday which will explore the Michal Sela Forum’s innovative and unique model for preventing family violence through innovation and technology and its possible application in Australia. The Forum’s hackathon events in 2020 and 2021 brought together experts from Israel’s counter-terrorism, homeland security, intelligence, corporate, hi-tech and community sectors to develop tools and solutions to detect, combat, and prevent domestic violence.

Aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the year 2020 was catastrophic for victims of domestic violence in both Israel and Australia.

One woman was killed every fortnight in Israel, and one every week in Australia. Despite growing awareness of its prevalence and impact, domestic violence remains an unbearable burden on our societies. With early intervention and detection of intimate partner violence through innovative new technology solutions, countless lives could be saved.

The roundtable launch will allow key Australian leaders and stakeholders from government, industry, university, social impact investment and the community sector to meet with the leaders of the Michal Sela Forum, their partners from hi-tech and government, as well as some of the technology start-ups created from the Program to discuss how Australia might adapt and implement this unique Israeli model locally.

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