Rabat - Moroccan Observatory of Violence against Women announced in its seventh annual report, released on Thursday in Tangier, that over 38,318 Moroccan women suffered from domestic violence in 2014.
Rabat – Moroccan Observatory of Violence against Women announced in its seventh annual report, released on Thursday in Tangier, that over 38,318 Moroccan women suffered from domestic violence in 2014.
The report, which was based on the work of the National Women’s Associations’ listening centers, revealed that of the recorded cases, 14,400 cases were related to “psychological violence”, 12,561 were due to “economic issues”, 1,770 were in regards to “legal violence”, and 844 cases were sexual abuses.
The report highlighted that more than 80 percent of abused women are between the ages of 19 and 48. On the other hand, over 46 percent of the victims who have been subject to various forms of violence are married women and 25 percent of them are divorced.
The report added that more than 50 percent of the victims of violence do not have an independent house, while only 23 percent of those victims lived by themselves.
The report also stated that the listening centers at the women’s associations located throughout Morocco have provided legal, administrative and medical help for more than 11,809 victims.
Launched in November last year, the Moroccan Observatory of Violence against Women is “part of the institutionalization of violence detection mechanisms,” according to Bassima Hakkaoui, the Moroccan Minister of Solidarity, Women, Family, and Social Development.
The minister said that the observatory will follow up on cases of violence against women and prepare an annual report on the regional and national levels.
According to a UN 2013 global review, “35 percent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence.”