Covid-19: Marital disputes, domestic violence rose in Ajman in 2020 Filed on March 14, 2021
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Ajman Woman and Child Protection Foundation releases data that underscore marital woes, domestic violence

The Covid-19 pandemic led to a spike in marital disputes and domestic violence by 32 per cent and 24 per cent, respectively, in Ajman last year, according to data issued by Ajman Woman and Child Protection Foundation.

The figures also showed that issues related to divorce, custody of a child and financial problems increased by another 10 per cent, respectively, due to the contagion.

The foundation solved 126 family disputes of which 69 per cent were related to women’s marital woes and another 31 per cent were linked to child abuse and violence.

Data revealed that there was a 13 per cent rise in these cases last year, as compared to the year-ago period. Domestic violence cases related to women rose by 22 per cent in 2020, but cases pertaining to children decreased.

Most of these cases were resolved in an amicable manner in a bid to preserve family values and healthy community living.

Data showed that the majority of the cases were on domestic violence, as women were subjected to physical abuse and children were also exposed to these excesses.

The foundation aims to promote family stability and safeguard children's psychological health and wellness.

Plans are afoot for the foundation to find lasting amicable solutions to these societal issues and safeguard the rights of women and children.

The organisation provided social and financial support, care, and shelter to 60 beneficiaries, including women and children, in 2020.

At least 50 free consultations were also offered, data showed.

Afkar Abdullah

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