ONE in every 30 cases registered in Bahrain is a domestic violence incident, according to official statistics.
However, this is much lower compared to other Gulf states where one in every three are domestic violence cases, said UN Women regional director Mohammed Naciri.
“Domestic violence against women in Bahrain is much lower compared to the other GCC countries, where it is more or less within the global average – which is one out of three cases are victims of domestic violence,” he said.
“Bahrain is lower – it is 0.32pc, which is one in every 30 cases received is a female victim of domestic violence.”
He was speaking to the GDN yesterday on the sidelines of the official launch of a national database on domestic violence, called Takatof (collaboration), at the Supreme Council for Women headquarters in East Riffa yesterday.
“Unfortunately, the region is not really scoring well in domestic violence according to international index,” he added.
“Bahrain is an exception, with really low rates.
“Unfortunately, the rate of domestic violence in countries in conflicts and post conflict situation in the region is high.
“There is a direct correlation between public conflict and domestic violence.
“During the attack on Ghaza in 2015, percentage of domestic violence rose by 700pc, because people get frustrated and they only have the domestic sphere to express.
UN Women executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who was also present at the launch ceremony, called for “change in norms”.
“We have good laws, but they are lying alongside bad stereotypes, which is not helpful,” she explained.
“We need a change in norms and stereotypes when it comes to domestic violence.
“We need co-operation from all spheres – religious, political, social and economic – in bringing about this change.”