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National database on domestic violence launched

Bahrain News
Thu, 07 Dec 2017
By Raji Unnikrishnan
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A NATIONAL database on domestic violence in the country has been launched.

Takatof (collaboration) will register all cases of domestic violence in Bahrain under one system.

It will ultimately help the government in designing preventive policies to tackle the phenomenon.

It was officially launched yesterday by Supreme Council for Women (SCW) secretary general Dr Hala Al Ansari in the presence of United Nations (UN) Women executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and regional director Mohammed Naciri.

“People are still reluctant to report cases of violence against women and hence we are focusing more on prevention,” Dr Al Ansari told the GDN.

“Efforts on reaching out to people and educating them, and thus preventing violence, are far easier than overcoming the reluctance of the people.

“We aim to educate people and provide them with right tools to fight domestic violence.

“Takatof will be a national tool for the development of services and the formulation of preventive policies.

“It will help us in analysing indicators and finding relationships with different data, resolving the duplication of figures to serve national and international studies and reports, monitoring and electronic tracking of domestic violence cases, and finally in developing a unified statistics on violence.”

Takatof, spearheaded by the Interior Ministry in co-ordination with the SCW, is a programme developed by the ministry’s Information Technology department.

It was initiated through a joint committee that was established in 2011.

“In 2012 we worked towards unifying the definition of domestic violence among the concerned parties,” said Dr Al Ansari.

“Then in 2015 we matched the indicators with definitions stipulated in the law, followed by an electronic system for the database in 2017.

“We will activate the system next year and this will help us better the position of Bahrain regionally and globally in terms of domestic violence.”

Takatof falls in line with the country’s national strategy for protection of women from domestic violence, along with existing services and monitoring mechanisms.

Dr Al Ansari added that the government has in the last few years increased efforts to tackle domestic violence.

“We have 123 institutions involved in implementing laws and regulations to protect women from domestic violence in Bahrain and 46 per cent of the laws and legislation related to domestic violence are applied effectively in the country,” she explained.

“We have four programmes, that include protective skills against domestic violence, per year in educational curriculum.

“Thirty-one per cent of amicable agreements are made to address domestic violence annually.

“In services, we have medical, legal, financial and social support and temporary shelters, besides the national support call centre for victims.

“Emergency cases are all attended to immediately.

“There are 124 researchers, experts and specialists in the field of domestic violence.

“We also have a feedback system which records 90pc satisfaction rate from the beneficiaries of services provided to protect women from domestic violence.”

Meanwhile, Interior Ministry IT director Ahmed Bukhowa, who was present at the launch ceremony, highlighted the data unification aspect of the system.

“The data until now lie scattered and through Takatof we will unify this,” he said.

“Not all cases will be reported to police, hence we have linked in the ministries of Labour and Social Development; Health; and Justice, Endowments and Islamic Affairs; along with the Public Prosecution and other related entities.”

Also present at the launch were government and UN officials, legislators, diplomats and business leaders.

raji@gdn.com.bh

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