MURDER VICTIMS FAMILIES ORGANISATION
MURDER VICTIMS FAMILIES ORGANISATION is an Israeli non-profit organization of the families of those who have died by homicide. The organization was established in 1998 at the initiative of Ora Brez after the murder of her daughter Tamar. The members of the organization are members of the families of innocent murder victims.
Our mission is to provide information regarding homicide victims’ families’ rights and assistance services, initiate a public relations campaign to raise awareness in the struggle against violent crime, promote legislation for the crime victims’ rights and homicide prevention.
Murderous violence has become an epidemic that permeated all strata of the population. These shocking murders, left us, the members of the families of the murdered, without support at a time when we literally have to go through hell. The trauma and the tedious legal process sometimes cause health and mental damage, loss of livelihood and disintegration of the family.
We consider the State responsible for the security of its citizens – responsible for the peace of our relatives, just as it takes responsibility for victims of other types of terrorism. Thanks to our efforts, the Ministry of Welfare established assistance centers for the families of victims of homicide, their role involves legal aid and mental support after the disaster; however, this assistance is limited in time and scope.
We have been conducting program of support for the past seven years and assisted over twenty families who currently have no governmental coverage for psychological treatment.
The organization`s activity is completely voluntary and is conducted on many levels – distributing information to teenagers in order to prevent violence, raising public awareness to the issue and promoting legislation to reduce the level of violence.
The organization received Presidential Award of Volunteerism and the Knesset Speakers` Quality of Life Prize.