Rabat - “26% of Moroccan aggressors against women have criminal records,” said Abdullah Dami, a doctor in the Adoption Chamber for Women and Children in Casablanca’s Ibn Rush University Hospital.
Rabat – “26% of Moroccan aggressors against women have criminal records,” said Abdullah Dami, a doctor in the Adoption Chamber for Women and Children in Casablanca’s Ibn Rush University Hospital.
During a press conference held on Thursday by the Moroccan Association for Combatting Violence Against Women in Casablanca, Dami revealed that 57% of propagators against women are not recidivists, while 26% had already been charged with violating and threatening women.
Dami continued his remarks, adding that “Moroccan hospitals are experiencing a shortage of ‘legitimate doctors’ who are able to examine the health of domestic violence victims.”
“The number of Moroccan doctors in hospitals does not exceed 14,” Dami said. “Therefore, the victims cannot follow [regularly] their medical examinations with the same doctor.”
Violence against women is a serious issue in Morocco. Between 2014 and 2015, courts across the Morocco recorded about 20,488 cases of violence against women, including 11,000 cases related to physical violence and 9187 to other types of violence.
According to the first annual report by the National Observatory on Violence Against Women, released earlier this year, housewives and unemployed women in Morocco are most prone to violence and assault.
The same report showed that violence against women was more prevalent in households with less money, adding that a quarter of cases of violence against women are money-related and that women between the ages of 18-45 are most vulnerable to face many kinds of violence.
Edited by Ghita Benslimane