ABU DHABI, 9th February, 2022 (WAM) — The Department of Community Development (DCD) in Abu Dhabi, in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Centre for Sheltering and Humanitarian Care (Ewa’a), has launched a survey to identify the causes of domestic violence and patterns of abusive behaviour.
The questionnaire explores different types of domestic violence identified in the family protection policy the UAE government launched in November 2019.
The survey outcome will be used to assess the levels of satisfaction over the services offered by relevant government institutions to enable victims to integrate into their families and society.
The department said that it is important for individuals aged 18 years and above to participate in the survey. It will help it determine the extent of the problem, understand its root causes and develop solutions and appropriate interventions.
Engineer Hamad Ali Al Dhaheri, Under-Secretary of the DCD, said, “The launch of the Domestic Violence Survey is in line with the department’s vision to develop a clear strategy to protect families from social challenges and enhance family cohesion. The outcomes of the study will contribute to activating the prevention and early intervention system in relation to domestic violence in the emirate.”
Eng. Al Dhaheri reaffirmed the DCD’s commitment to identifying social priorities in Abu Dhabi through such surveys and enhancing cooperation between the department and all relevant parties to develop initiatives to strengthen family bonds.
Sarah Ibrahim Shohail, Director-General of Ewa’a, said, “The survey is a joint effort by the DCD and Ewa’a to improve the quality of services provided by the centre, and to draw up a vision to build a cohesive community based on mutual love and respect.”
Shohail added that the questionnaire would help identify mechanisms to prevent domestic violence and strengthen family bonds essential to build a happy and cohesive society. It will also contribute to developing awareness campaigns to inculcate positive behaviours among individuals.
Results of such surveys and research help the DCD, its strategic partners and other relevant entities to develop recommendations and initiatives on social development pursued by the government of Abu Dhabi.
The department reaffirmed that all submitted data would remain confidential, only be used for research purposes and assist in arriving at the best indicators that will help improve society’s quality of life. The department also urged everyone to participate in the survey available at the following link: https://addcd.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eY7qkR0vvWa4fCC