My life is hell. While I have no complaints about the way my wife looks after our young children , she behaves awfully towards me, humiliating me in front of neighbours and friends when the children are not around. In addition to screaming and swearing at me, she has started to become physically violent, hitting me with the carpet beater and throwing ornaments at me. I don’t want to start divorce proceedings. What can I do ?By: דיאנה שאלתיאל•Published on: 09 May, 2022
Men as well as women, who are victims of physical or emotional abuse, are entitled to legal protection offered by the 1991 Prevention of Violence In The Family Act. As courts are reluctant to use the strongest weapon – an order stopping the perpetrator from entering the home – against mothers as this would have bad effects on the children, they usually prefer to enforce the former to undergo treatment.
The best course of action, therefore, for a male victim of violence would be to apply for a protection order at the family court, to prevent his wife from abusing him. If he brings sufficient evidence to support his claim and such an order is granted, then the court can force his wife to undergo psychological /psychiatric treatment, after a suitable recommendation by a qualified professional appointed by the court.