RIYADH: The governor of Saudi Arabia’s Qassim region held a forum on Monday to tackle domestic violence.
Prince Faisal bin Mishaal bin Saud said social media was playing an increasing part in triggering violence in people’s homes.
He made the comments as he held the forum named "Stable homes do not know violence.”
The event included the Buraidah Family Association and the Qassim Women's Development Committee in Qassim.
The forum heard how the aim was to protect families from domestic violence in the region through research into the main causes.
Prince Faisal said social isolation caused by social media had led to a negative influence on families, creating barriers and increasing domestic issues.
Buraidah Family Association director Dr. Mohammed Al-Saif said his organization had introduced several initiatives to tackle domestic violence, including supporting families during the pandemic and advice for a successful marriage.
Vice-President of the Qassim Women's Development Committee, Fatima Al-Farihi, said the goal was to protect families from violence, promote cohesion, and providing support for families to create safe homes.
Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Dr. Abdullah Al-Wahaibi said families were the building blocks in the Kingdom's future. He said the Family Affairs Council had established 34 family protection centers and 15 shelters.