New domestic violence center flooded with calls

Updated 28 March 2016

New domestic violence center flooded with calls

JEDDAH: The undersecretary for social welfare, Abdullah Almeiqil, revealed that the Center for Domestic Violence received 1,890 calls during the first three days of its establishment.

Almeiqil said that about 49 percent of the cases reported to the center were new. "In total, the center received 916 new cases during the three days," he added.
He said that the center received 233 calls of inquiry asking about previous reports, accounting for 12 percent of the total. Meanwhile, consultation calls during this period amounted to 374, accounting for 20 percent of the total incoming reports. In addition, the center received 367 inquiries about the services that it offers, totaling about 19 percent of the calls received.
The Center for Domestic Violence was launched last Sunday by Social Affairs Minister Majed Al-Qassabi and will take calls related to domestic violence and abuse around the clock, all days of the week. The center's operations target women from all age groups, as well as children under 18 years of age, in addition to elders and people with special needs.
The center classifies calls according to their seriousness, with calls involving a high degree of danger and risk to the abused referred immediately to police. The center involves more than 22 teams for social protection operating across the various regions and provinces of the Kingdom.
The Ministry of Social Affairs also has partnerships in this program with several government bodies, including the Ministry of Interior represented by the governorates and police stations, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Justice, the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution, the Human Rights Commission, the Family Safety Protection Program of the National Guard, the National Society for Human Rights in addition to other partners representing the regulations on childhood such as the Ministry of Labor, the General Presidency for the Youth Welfare, the Ministry of Commerce, the National Committee for Childhood and the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs.
The Ministry of Social Affairs is currently working on a set of regulations and preventive procedures to limit the cases of domestic violence as much as possible, including the executive list for the protection against abuse and child protection.

King Salman welcomes Pakistan PM Imran Khan in Jeddah

Updated 36 min 28 sec ago

King Salman welcomes Pakistan PM Imran Khan in Jeddah

JEDDAH: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan met with King Salman on Wednesday as part of his first state visit overseas.

During the talks, they reviewed the close relations between their two countries, the prospects for their development and strengthening in various fields, as well as the latest regional developments, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The meeting was attended by Prince Khalid Al Faisal, Advisor to the King, Prince of Makkah Region, Prince Mansour bin Mteb bin Abdulaziz and a number of other officials from both countries.

Khan arrived in the Kingdom on Tuesday for a visit expected to focus on bilateral ties, regional security and Pakistan's economic situation.

Earlier, the prime minister was received by the King at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah before the a luncheon was held in his honor.

He then met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who congratulated him on his election as prime minister.

"They reviewed the historical relations between the two brotherly countries and ways to enhance them," SPA said.


In an interview with Al Arabiya aired on Wednesday, Khan said Pakistan would always stand by Saudi Arabia, and that anyone who comes into power in the country would visit the Kingdom first.

“Saudi Arabia came to Pakistan's aid when it needed it," Khan said. 

Earlier on Wednesday, Khan performed Umrah in Makkah.

He then held a series of meetings, including with the Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Falih on Wednesday.



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Khan received Al-Falih at his residence in Jeddah to discuss ways of cooperation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

He also held a meeting with the Secretary General of the Islamic Cooperation Organization (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen

Khan, whose Tehreek-e-Insaf party won the July elections, is accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and other senior members of his cabinet.

On Tuesday, the former cricketer visited Madinah where he prayed at the Prophet's Mosque.