The worldwide coronavirus pandemic has created a new and difficult reality for most countries, including Israel. At the beginning of March, the Israeli government instituted a six-week national lockdown in order to stop the spread of the pandemic.
During this time, CCW took the necessary steps to adapt to the changing reality and continue to work with women who seek its support and help. CCW therapists began to provide online therapy through digital means to address the clients’ needs and make therapy accessible to all.
Moreover, CCW provides subsidies for 70% of its clients. However, a growing number of these women are coping with even harsher economic conditions during the crisis as they have been put on unpaid leave or have lost their jobs. Therefore, CCW further increased subsidies for these clients.
A Client’s Personal Story During Covid-19
The pandemic has been having a major impact on women especially those who face emotional abuse at home or who go through depression, anxiety, or illness, or are dealing with trauma and post-trauma.
We would like to share with you the story of M. who began her therapy at CCW during the lockdown. M. turned to CCW after all attempts to bridge differences with her husband failed. The lockdown created a harsh reality for M. as both she and her husband, who emotionally abused her, began working from home. Her three children were also at home since there was no school. During this time, M.’s husband alienated her oldest daughter from her to the point that she stopped talking to her mother. The emotional abuse was at times on the verge of becoming physical causing M. to lock her bedroom door while she slept because she was so afraid.
M. met with her CCW therapist digitally and their online therapy sessions helped her cope with her difficult reality at home during the lockdown. Despite M.’s contribution to the family’s income, her husband always had control over the family’s finances. Therefore, she felt that she had nowhere to turn and was feeling great despair and loneliness.
M.’s therapy at CCW helped her take the necessary steps to leave her husband and to move to a place of her own where she could feel safe. After the lockdown ended, M. went back to her work place and took on an additional position enabling her to be more independent financially. M.’s therapy at CCW continues to give her the necessary tools to get out of her abusive relationship and change her life for the better.