Complaints of domestic violence on the rise

The premises of the Family and Juvenile Protection Department. (Photo: Facebook)
The premises of the Family and Juvenile Protection Department. (Photo: Facebook)
AMMAN — Preliminary complaints of domestic violence lodged with a police office have been on the rise in the past months, although the number of actual cases, which include crimes and misdemeanors, which end up in court remain at the same level, officials said.اضافة اعلان

The complaints are usually filed with the Family and Juvenile Protection Department, which is affiliated with the Public Security Directorate (PSD).

The department said that some people complain of domestic violence, but never complete the complaint so that a potential case of domestic violence would be probed.

PSD spokesperson Amer Al-Sartawi insisted there was “no noticeable” increase in the cases of domestic violence in the Kingdom. He told Jordan News that the Family and Juvenile Protection Department works according to a special plan, tackling each case it receives.

Mohammad Al-Miqdadi, secretary-general of the National Council for Family Affairs which closely works with the Family and Juvenile Protection Department, said that the number of complaints lodged with that department reached 11,000 in 2020.

He said the number jumped to nearly 16,000 in 2021. He said there were no figures available for this year.

“In principle, there is an increase in the numbers of complaints, which are either reviewed or reported,” he told Jordan News. He said the complaints do not necessarily mean “crimes or misdemeanors” have been verified or were actually committed.

“There are many cases that are followed up by the department and are not sent to court,” he said, explaining that the cases sent to the judiciary depend on the extent of the harm inflicted by an individual towards another.

“I understand that some are saying there is no increase in the number of cases that may be considered crimes, or misdemeanors that require referral to the judiciary,” he pointed out.

Sociologist Maha Al-Ali said it was not possible to “determine whether there was an increase in cases of domestic violence or not, but the most important thing is to address the problem, even if there was only one case.”

“The impact of domestic violence is significant, ... as it touches all segments of society, and its consequences affect children and adults alike,” she added.

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