‘Over half sub­jected to vi­o­lence’

Cor­rup­tion seen as main is­sue

Arab Times - - FRONT PAGE -

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 13: A study con­ducted by Dr Fa­tima Al-Salem at the Fac­ulty of So­cial Sciences on the preva­lence of vi­o­lence against women in Kuwait re­vealed that more than half of the Kuwaiti so­ci­ety (men and women) is sub­jected to vi­o­lence, re­ports Al-Rai daily.

“This is the first sci­en­tific study to ad­dress the is­sue of vi­o­lence in this de­tail. It touched on the vi­o­lence against women, its spread and causes, as well as so­lu­tions and shel­ter cen­ters for vic­tims and types of vi­o­lence against women. It in­cluded a na­tional sam­ple rep­re­sent­ing all seg­ments of so­ci­ety and the sam­ple in­cluded 767 Kuwaitis and the ques­tion­naire was con­ducted last July,” Al-Salem said.

“Only 25.4 per­cent of re­spon­dents be­lieve that the is­sue of vi­o­lence is an im­por­tant is­sue, com­pared to 60.3 per­cent who be­lieve that cor­rup­tion is the main is­sue in Kuwait, fol­lowed by ed­u­ca­tion, and health­care,” she said.

She added only one fourth of the so­ci­ety be­lieves that vi­o­lence is an im­por­tant and ba­sic is­sue be­cause the rest be­lieve that there are some other more im­por­tant is­sues.

As for the most wide­spread vi­o­lence in Kuwait, Al Salem said: “The re­sult was shock­ing for all be­cause it was found that the most wide­spread vi­o­lence is ex­tor­tion and ex­ploita­tion, es­pe­cially the elec­tronic crimes ac­cord­ing to the opin­ion of more than 51 per­cent of the sam­ple, fol­lowed by psy­cho­log­i­cal 37 per­cent and ver­bal by 35 per­cent.”

Ac­cord­ing to the study, 51.2 per­cent of the re­spon­dents said they had ex­pe­ri­enced vi­o­lence in their lives, and the most vi­o­lent per­son was the part­ner (hus­band or fi­ancé) fol­lowed by the former part­ner.

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