The Bat Ami Center for the treatment of victims of sexual and physical violence, Hadassah Hospital.

it’s my body…

respect it - Dealing with sexual and physical abuse in Jerusalem

Sexual Abuse Specialist Dr. Mushira Aboo Dia, Senior Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and the team, help diminish the psychological damage of sexual assault. They counsel victims at the Hadassah Medical Center’s Bat Ami Center for Victims of Sexual Abuse. Bat Ami (which means “daughter of my people”) is open 24 hours a day, and has a specialised team of physicians, nurses, social workers, and lawyers who have been trained to deal with the trauma of abuse in both adults and children.

The person who has been assaulted decides whether to be examined by a gynaecologist, to allow the collection of forensic evidence, and/or to press charges. Returning control to the victim is the primary goal of treatment at the Bat Ami Center. Before the Center was established in 2009, Dr. Aboo Dia relates, victims had to go to the general emergency room, where they were often forced to wait much too long. Now they are immediately seen by specialists of the Bat Ami team, free of charge. Clinical studies have shown that the victim’s recovery is highly influenced by how soon after the assault she is seen by those who can help her.


Dr Mushira Abu Dia’s visit to Australia

Hadassah Australia hosted one of Israel’s fearless advocates against sexual abuse and domestic violence. Her story is empowering and compelling, and was not to be missed. She spoke in Melbourne on Sunday 19th August 2018, and Sydney on Thursday 23rd August 2018.

At the request of Dr Aboo Dia and her colleagues at the Bat Ami Center, money raised from her visit to Australia will be dedicated to purchase of the latest colposcopy equipment. This provides photo and video documentation for cases involving adolescent and adult sexual abuse victims.

The specific unit is the CIN FINDER 3000 Colposcopy System, developed by Israeli company, DYN R&D, which will need finance of AUD$40,000. Details of the system at dyn-rnd.com/cin-finder-3000-eng. This state-of-the-art equipment will speed up the process of evaluation and lessen trauma for victims. It will replace current equipment which is more than 15 years old.


Dr Mushira Aboo Dia

MD (Hebrew University–Hadassah Medical School Jerusalem), BScMedical Science (Hebrew University), MPA – Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Dr Mushira Aboo Dia is a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Hadassah Medical Center. Apart from being a senior physician in the delivery room, Mushira is one of the doctors on call at the Bat Ami Sexual Assault treatment center. She did a two-year training program with Haruv Institute to diagnose, identify and treat physical and sexual abuse in children.

In 2014 she was appointed as the administrative director of women’s health in the Palestinian population of East Jerusalem by Leumit health services, where she worked for two years. She also works in the high risk pregnancy clinic in the women’s health center of Clalit health services in Beit Shemesh. Mushira is the co-chairperson of Physicians for Human Rights Israel where she has been volunteering in the open and mobile clinics since 2004. She also volunteers with teenagers in Jerusalem’s Family Planning Educational and Counseling Center.

She was born and raised in Ramla and lives in Jerusalem. She recently came back from a year in the US where she did her Master in Public Administration in Harvard Kennedy School of Government, as part of the Wexner Israeli Fellowship.