Israel: Information on how rape cases are viewed and treated outside the context of domestic violence, including what recourse women have, statistics on prosecution, and the cost of legal proceedings
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 June 1994|
|Citation / Document Symbol||ISR17756.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Israel: Information on how rape cases are viewed and treated outside the context of domestic violence, including what recourse women have, statistics on prosecution, and the cost of legal proceedings, 1 June 1994, ISR17756.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6aaf570.html [accessed 10 December 2013]|
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For information on the recourse available to women who have been raped, including how investigations proceed and statistics on prosecution, please see the attached Response to Information Request ISR16877.E and the letter from the Israeli Ministry of Police.
According to a representative of the Israel Women's Network, a woman who chooses to prosecute her attacker must proceed through civil law, and therefore can only sue for damages (21 June 1994). The only costs she incurs through these proceedings are her legal fees, which are worked out with her lawyer and are based on a fee scale (ibid).
This response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.
Israel Women's Network, Jerusalem. 21 June 1994. Telephone interview with resource centre coordinator.
Documentation, Information and Research Branch (DIRB), Immigration and Refugee Board, Ottawa. 20 April 1994. Response to Information Request ISR16877.E.
Israeli Ministry of Police. 20 April 1994. Letter sent to the DIRB, Ottawa.