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‘Domestic violence rises’

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‘No cases yet in abuse center’

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 30: Four years have passed since the opening of the Fener Center in Ahmadi area but it has not received any cases so far due to the lack of sufficient employees to operate it. This center, which specializes in communicating with victims of domestic violence, is affiliated to the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, and under the Ministry of Social Affairs and Community Development, reports Al- Qabas daily. The center had earlier finished furnishing, setting up mechanisms to receive abused women, and preparing a hotline to receive their calls.

However, it has not yet been activated for various circumstances. According to informed sources, during the recent visits of human rights organizations to the Fener Center, all types and forms of preparation were made to activate the center, Officials from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Community Development had assured that the center will soon be opened, given the increasing need for it in the current period, and the increase in popular pressure to activate it with the high frequency of domestic violence, especially against women. The reasons for the delay in activating the center and the hotline for receiving cases of domestic violence are lack of a dedicated financial budget, the absence of specialized cadres, and the lack of delegating specialized employees especially psychological, social and administrative specialists, and delay in setting up the organizational structure to operate the center.

The sources said, “Coordination with the Ministry of Interior was initiated to provide a fixed security point for the center, in addition to adequate security protection for it to ensure the safety of both the employees and the clients who come forward to report. There is a hotline service ready for the center, but it needs cadres capable of handling and registering cases, in addition to the need for mechanisms that enhance speed in dealing with any communication received”. They highlighted that public utility associations and activists related to women’s cause had requested since 2015 to speed up the opening and operation of the center, but the budget and financial allocations for it remain one of the most important obstacles preventing this, despite the passage of years since its opening in October 2017.

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