Saudi domestic violence center gets 1,890 reports in three days
The center is open to receive calls 24 hours of the day and in all days of the week
The new domestic violence reporting center in Saudi Arabia has received 1,890 domestic violence reports during the first three days of its opening, the Ministry of Social Affairs has said.
Deputy Minister of Social Affairs for Social and Family Care Abdullah Al-Muaiqil said the center opened on Sunday of last week and it was already bombarded with calls. “Forty-nine percent of the calls were reporting new cases, 12 percent were inquiring about previous reports and 20 percent were seeking consultancy. Nineteen percent of the calls were to inquire about the services the center offers,” said Al-Muaiqil.
He also said 916 of the cases during that period were newly reported. “Two hundred thirty-three of the calls were inquiries about previously reported cases and their updates. Calls seeking consultancy were 374 while 367 of the calls were inquiring about the services the center offers. These numbers show that domestic violence and abuse is indeed a widespread phenomenon in our society,” said Al-Muaiqil.
He added the center is open to receive calls 24 hours of the day and in all days of the week.
“The center targets women of all ages and children below the age of 18. The center also targets the elderly and individuals with disabilities. There are 22 social protection teams available in all provinces in the Kingdom. Their role is to protect victims of abuse and violence,” said Al-Muaiqil.
He also said the Ministry of Social Affairs cooperates with a number of other ministries including interior, education, health, justice, the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution, the Human Rights Commission and the National Human Rights Society.
“The ministry is also cooperating with other directorates to tackle child abuse such as the ministries of labor and municipal and rural affairs and the General Presidency of Youth Welfare and the National Committee for Childhood,” said Al-Muaiqil.
He also said the Ministry of Social Affairs is working on putting in place legislations to protect victims of domestic violence and to also prevent domestic violence.
This article first appeared in the Saudi Gazette on March 29, 2016.