Second conference on domestic violence to be held in Riyadh today

May 16, 2009

The second national experts’ forum on violence against women and children will be held in Riyadh today, Arab News reported.  The conference, held under the auspices of Princess Adela bint Abdullah and organized by the National Family Safety Program and the Medical Affairs Department at the National Guard, seeks to bring together private and public sectors in the fight against domestic violence and seek ways to deal with the problem.  Minister of Justice Mohammed Al-Eissa will address the meeting.

At the first forum held last May, participants concluded that Islam does not condone abuse of women and children and issued 22 recommendations to tackle the problem, including the need for a clear fatwa could serve as a legal basis to approach courts and put at rest misconceptions that Islam sanctions such abuses.Speaking at the meeting last year, Princess Adela said, “Abuse against women and children is increasing astonishingly. So there needs to be a professional strategy to create a balance in relationships between family members.  Abuse of women and children is a real threat to the stability of our society. It is a worrying universal phenomenon, not just a local one.”

Speakers at last year’s forum included Sheikh Salman Al-Odah and Dr. Suhail Al-Abideen, head of the Women's Section at the National Society for Human Rights.