x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

More help at hand for domestic abuse victims of UAE

Dubai Foundation for Women and Children recorded a 36 per cent rise in number of people receiving help.

DUBAI // The number of people receiving help for domestic violence in the emirate rose by 36 per cent last year, statistics from the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children show.

The foundation helps victims of domestic violence, child abuse and human trafficking in Dubai and from across the country.

Last year it helped more than 200 "external clients", who receive counselling or other services but do not live in the foundation's shelter.

Of those, 140 received assistance for domestic violence, compared with 103 in 2011, and 45 cases involved child abuse (21 in 2011). More than half of the external clients were Emirati.

Three quarters of those who moved into the foundation's shelter last year were expatriates. There were 85 new shelter residents last year, compared with 69 in 2011.

More than 40 per cent of the new residents went there as human-trafficking victims, 20 per cent following domestic violence, and 24 per cent after child abuse.

The average age of new shelter residents was 19. Nearly half stayed for less than 60 days. Since the foundation opened in 2007, it has given shelter to more than 500 people.

Its hotline for domestic violence and abuse cases is 800-111.

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