Complaint office handles 500 cases

Rana Husseini; 3/12/09

A Jordanian NGO running a legal hotline yesterday said almost half the women who sought help this year were victims of verbal and psychological abuse. “Many of the calls and visits to our office were from women who said they were subjected to verbal and mental abuse by their husbands and close family members,” Women’s Complaint Office Director Diana Shalabi said. According to Shalabi, 48.9 per cent of callers said they were subjected to some form of verbal or mental abuse, 37.6 per cent were subjected to physical abuse, and 36.7 per cent complained of problems related to residency and foreign affairs. She added that specialists analysed 500 cases since the office and hotline opened in February. Of these 500 cases, 338 were calls to the hotline, while 162 were visits to the office by women in need of guidance and legal help, Shalabi noted.