Deputy Head

Dr. Anat Ben-Porat

Fields of Interest

Domestic violence; Treatment of trauma-affected populations

Reception Hours
On Sabbatical


    2018 - Summer Visiting Scholar - School of Social Work, University of Sydney, Australia

    2018 - Graduate of the Group Psychotherapy Program, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University



    Bar-Ilan University, School of Social Work



    Bar-Ilan University, School of Social Work



    Tel-Aviv University, School of Social Work


     Awards/ Honors/ Research Grants:


    Connection Grants, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHR), The Complexities of Men and Abuse in an International Context: An Academic Community Approach  PI: Susan Chuang; collaborator


    WIZO-The Women’s International Zionist Organization. Follow-up research on women victims of domestic violence in shelters in the community after their participation in "Growing Together" program

    2022 WIZO-The Women’s International Zionist Organization. Follow-up research on teenagers after their participation in an intervention for violence prevention.

    Schusterman Family Philanthropies with collaboration of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services. Turning new page in the community: Follow-up research on women who had been victims of domestic violence in the community.


    Ministry of Social Affairs - The treatment of men who turn for assistance to Violence Prevention Centers in Israel- learning from success. With Prof. Rachel Dekel, Bar Ilan University   PI- Anat Ben-Porat

    2015 The therapeutic Riding Center of Israel: The positive and negative consequences of volunteering in the Therapeutic Riding Center for the volunteers
    2014 Wizo-The experience of men who turn for assistance to Violence Prevention Centers in Israel. With Prof. Rachel Dekel, Bar Ilan University

    The Israeli Ministry of Social Affairs. With Prof. Itzhaky, Bar Ilan University.              

    Research Project: Ministry of Social Affairs - follow-up research on battered women staying in shelters and return to the community


    The Israeli Ministry of Social Affairs. With Prof. Itzhaky and Prof. Dekel, Bar Ilan University.

    Research Project: Ministry of Social Affairs - a  longitudinal study on battered women in shelters.


    The Israel Ministry of Immigrant Absorption. With  Prof.  Itzhaky, and Prof. Dekel, Bar Ilan University.

    Research Project: A follow-up research on new-immigrant battered women staying in shelters.


    Doctoral fellowship of excellence, Bar-Ilan University


    Israel Association of University Women Scholarship


    Papers Presented at Scientific Conferences:

    Ben-Porat (2022). “Help-seeking among women who are victims of domestic violence: What makes the difference?” International Conference on Peace, Humanitarian Aid and Service (ICPHAS-22), Rome.

    Ben-Porat, A., Dekel, R., Gilbar O. (2022). “The Policy of Intimate Partner Violence Service Providers in Israel Regarding Men as Clients.” Men and Families Conference 2022. Toronto, CANADA

    Ben-Porat, A., Dekel, R. & Gilbar, O. Service Providers and Their Perceptions of Treatment Policy and Practice of Male Batterers in Israel. 2019 Society for social work and research (SSWR) Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA

    Ben-Porat, A., Dekel, R. & Gilbar, O. (2018, June 26). Male Batterers TreatmentThe Movement to Self-Expansion. Symposium for the social workers of the Center for the Treatment and Prevention of Domestic Violence Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

    Ben-Porat, A. (2017). "Social workers, Neoliberalism and the cost of compassion", ESPAnet Annual Meeting (Bar Ilan University, Israel).    

    Ben- Porat, A.,  Dekel, R., Itzhaky H. (2016). "Patterns of service utilization among women who are victims of domestic violence: The contribution of ethnicity, characteristics of violence and psychological distress", Inter-Disciplinary.Net, Domestic Abuse and Violence - 13th Global Meeting (Prague).

    Gilbar, O. Dekel, R. Ben- Porat, A. (2016). "PTSD and complex PTSD in male- perpetrated intimate partner violence". ISTSS 32nd Annual Meeting (Dallas, U.S.A).

    Ben-Porat, A. (2015). "Burnout among trauma social workers: What makes the difference?" International Conference on Changing World and Social Research (Vienna).

    Ben-Porat, A. (2015). From field work to research and back: What have we learned from follow-up studies in shelters of women victims of domestic violence in Israel (Bar-Ilan University, Israel). "Back to the beginning point: What we wanted to learn about the characteristics of the women in the shelters and their partners".

    Ben-Porat, A. (2014). "The implications of treating family violence for therapists and social lawyers".  Symposium for social lawyers on the emotional price of social attorneys in Israel, (Tel-Aviv University, Israel)

    Ben-Porat, A. (2014). "The relation between financial dependence and violence against women". Symposium on the economic and employment status of women victims of violence (WOMEN'S SPIRIT and  Tel Aviv University, Israel).

    Dekel, R., Ben-Porat, A., & Itzhaky H. (2014). "Posttraumatic symptoms in battered women in shelters". International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference (New Hampshire).

    Ben-Porat, A. (2014). "Domestic violence in the Ethiopian community: Evaluation of a culturally sensitive training program”. 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology (Paris).

    Ben-Porat, A. (2014). "Domestic violence in the Ethiopian community: Evaluation of a culturally sensitive intervention". The Asian conference on psychology & the behavioral sciences (Iafor) (Osaka, Japan).

    Ben-Porat, A. (2013). "Family violence therapists: Burnout, secondary traumatization, vicarious traumatization and growth". International conference of the stress and anxiety research society (STAR)(Faro, Portugal).

    Ben-Porat, A. (2012). "Looking for a safe place: the contribution of personal and environmental resources to PTSD among Israeli youth exposed to terror attacks ". Joint World Conference: Social Work Social Development: Action and Impact   (Stockholm, Sweden).

    Ben-Porat, A. (2012). "Domestic violence - Reality and media". Violence in the dialogue between therapists and members of the media (Bar-Ilan University, Israel).

    Ben-Porat, A. (2012) "The implication of treating abused children for the therapist". Therapists at the Front: Symposium for Youth Law Officials (Bar-Ilan University, Israel

    Ben-Porat, A. (2011). "Does the world know something we do not know: Assessment findings of shelters for women victims of domestic violence abroad". From the research field and back: What have we learned about women victims of domestic violence in shelters in Israel (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)

    Itzhaky H. & Ben-Porat A. (2009). "Domestic violence Therapists: The Contribution of Training and Supervision to Role Competence, Secondary Traumatization, and Burnout". International Interdisciplinary Clinical Supervision Conference (Buffalo, NY).

    Ben-Porat, A. (2008). "Connecting Two Worlds: Training Social Workers to Deal with Domestic Violence in the Ethiopian Community".   International Conference: Ethiopian Jewry- Identity, Heritage, History and Society (Bar Ilan, Israel). 

    Ben-Porat, A. (2008). "Family violence therapists: Contribution of personal, social and organizational resources to sense of role competence, secondary traumatization and growth".  A one day Seminar "Opportunity for Research" (Bar Ilan University).

    Ben-Porat, A. (2007). "Violence Against Women as a Universal  Phenomenon". Conference on the Prevention of  Violence Against Women in the Ethiopian Community (Bar Ilan University, Israel).

    Ben-Porat, A. (2003).  "The Effect of Staying in Shelter on Battered Women's Sense of Empowerment". The Annual Conference of Social Workers in Israel (Tel-Aviv, Israel).



    Editorial Board

    2023-Research on Social Work Practice

    Reviewer of research proposal 

    Israel Academy of Science and Humanities (ISF)

    Reviewer for Journals 

    2011-present: British Journal of Social Work

    2012-present: Journal of Community Psychology

    2015- present: International Journal of Social Welfare

    2014-present: Journal of Child and Family Studies

    2014- present: Journal of Poverty

    2017-present: Psychology of Women Quarterly

    2015-present: Hevra Urevaha (Society and Welfare)


    Article  in Periodical

    Ben-Porat A., & Reshef- Matzpoon, A. (2022). Stay-leave decision-making among   women victims of domestic violence in Israel: Background, interactional, and environmental factors. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

    Weiss-Dagan, S., Ben-Porat, A., & Itzhaky, H.  (2022). Secondary traumatic stress and vicarious posttraumatic growth among social workers who worked with abused children. Journal of Social Work, 22, 170–187.

    Ben-Porat A., Gil L., Brafman D., Zriker, A., Levy, D, (2021). Secondary traumatic stress and posttraumatic growth among volunteers at a therapeutic riding center: The role of personal and environmental factors, Current Psychology.

    Gilbar, O., Wester, S. R., & Ben-Porat, A. (2020). The Effects of gender role conflict restricted emotionality on the association between exposure to trauma, PTSD and intimate partner violence severity. Psychology of Men & Masculinities

    Ben-Porat, A., Shemesh S., & Reuven Even-Zahav, RGotlib, S Refaeli T. (2020). Secondary traumatization among social work students: the contribution of supervision, self-differentiation, and control. British Journal of Social Work

    Even-Zahav, R., Refaeli T., Shemesh S., Gotlib, S., & Ben-Porat, A. (2020).  Supervision satisfaction: supervision components, peer- support, and trauma-related factors. Research on Social Work Practice,30, 884-894.

    Dekel, R. Shaked,O.Z. & Ben-Porat A.  (2020). Predicting changes in PTSD and depression among female IPV survivors during Shelter Residency: A Longitudinal Study. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy

    Levy, D., Ben-Porat, A., Katora, O., Dekel, R. & Itzhaky, H. (2020). Predicting depression among Jewish and Arab Israeli women who are victims of intimate partner violence. Violence against women, 26, 1209-1227

     Dekel, R., Shaked, O., Ben-Porat, A., & Itzhaky, H. (2020). The interrelations of physical and mental health: Self-rated health, physical health, depression and PTSD among female IPV survivors, Violence against Women26, 379-394.

    Dekel, R., Shaked, O., Ben-Porat, A., & Itzhaky, H. (2019). PTSD Upon Admission to Shelters  among female IPV survivors:  An ecological model of trauma. Violence and Victims, 32, 329-345.

    Ben-Porat, A., Gottlieb, S., Refaeli, T., Shemesh, S., & Reuven Even Zahav, R. (2019). Vicarious growth among social work students in Israel:  what makes the difference?  Health & Social Care in the Community, 28, 662-669.

    Ben-Porat, A., & Sror-Bondarvesky, N. (2018). Length of stay in women's shelters:  The contributions of level of violence, motives, and expectations of shelters. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

    Ben-Porat, A., Levy, D., Katora, O., Dekel, R., & Itzhaky, H. (2017). Domestic violence in Arab society: A comparison of Arab and Jewish women at shelters in Israel. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

    Ben-Porat, A.(2017).  Patterns of service utilization among women who are  victims of  domestic violence: The contribution of cultural background,  characteristics of  violence and psychological distress. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

    Weiss-Dagan, S., Itzhaky, H. & Ben-Porat, A.(2016).affective supervision and  secondary traumatization among Child Protection Workers. Society and Welfare   (Hebrew)

    Weiss-Dagan, S., Ben-Porat, A. & Itzhaky, H. (2016). Child Protection Workers Dealing with Child Abuse: The Contribution of Personal, Social and Organizational Resources to Secondary Traumatization. Child Abuse and Neglect51, 203-211.

    Refaeli T., Levy, D., Ben-Porat, A. Dekel, R., & Itzhaky, H.(2016). Personal and Environmental Predictors of Depression among Victims of Intimate Partner Violence: Comparison of Immigrant and Israeli-Born Women, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, First Published 10 Jul 2016 

    Ben-Porat, A. (2015). Competence of trauma social workers: The relationship between field of practice and secondary traumatization, personal and environmental variables. Journal of interpersonal violence.

    Ben-Porat, A. (2015). Vicarious post-traumatic growth: Domestic violence therapists versus social service department therapists in Israel. Journal of Family Violence, 30(6).

    Dagan K.,  Itzhaky, H., & Ben-Porat, A.(2015). Therapists working with trauma victims: The contribution of personal, environmental, and professional-organizational resources to secondary traumatization. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation.

    Ben-Porat, A. & Itzhaky, H. (2014). Burnout among trauma social workers: The contribution of personal and environmental resourcesJournal of Social Work.

    Ben-Porat, A., Yablon, Y. B., & Itzhaky, H. (2012).  Is the development of PTSD blind to differences in social resources? evidence from high school students facing terrorism. Journal of Community Psychology

    Ben PoratA. (2012). Factors that influence secondary traumatization: Comparison between domestic violence therapists and therapists in social service bureaus. Society and welfare (Hebrew).

    Ben PoratA. & Itzhaky, H. (2011). The contribution of supervision and professional training to role competence, secondary traumatization and burnout among family violence therapists, The Clinical Supervisor30(1), 95-108.   

    Ben PoratA. (2010). Connecting two worlds": Training social workers to deal with domestic violence in the Ethiopian community. British Journal of Social Work, 40(8), 2485-250            

    Ben PoratA. & Itzhaky, H. (2009). Implications of treating family violence for the therapist: Secondary traumatization, vicarious traumatization, and growth, Journal of Family Violence24(7), 507-515.

    Ben- PoratA. & Itzhaky, H.(2008). Factors that influence life satisfaction among Battered women in shelter: those who stay versus those who leave, Journal   of Family Violence23(7), 597-60

    Itzhaky, H. & Ben- PoratA. (2005). Battered women in shelters: internal resources, well being and integration, Affilia, 20(1), 39- 51.                                                    


    Chapters in Books

    Ben PoratA. & Itzhaky, H.(2009). Family violence therapists: Personal and  sociaresources,  role competence, secondary traumatization and growth. In R. V. Schwartzhoffer (Ed.), Psychology of burnout: predictors and coping mechanisms (Chap. 10). Nova science publisher inc.                          


    On Sabbatical

    • Domestic Violence.
    • Treatment effects on  therapists who treat trauma victims: secondary traumatization, burnout and growth.
    • Evaluation of shelters for women victims of violence.

    Last Updated Date : 27/09/2023