Hey Tyre:: Most of them are silent…. The crisis in Lebanon is increasing violence against women!!

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“The crisis is reflected in violence against women… and the majority is silent!It was stated in Asharq Al-Awsat:

Sarah, who lives in the capital, Beirut, hears almost daily the voice of “the neighbor’s talk of barbarism,” as she puts it, scolding and verbally abusing his wife at other times and hitting his children at other times.

The neighbor’s profanity and screaming rocked the walls of the 9-storey building, as Sarah described, “Why is there no hot water to shower… Why lunch wasn’t prepared… Get out of my face”… Very ridiculous reasons for him to explode like a bomb It ticks before we hear the smashing of glass or the screaming of children, she tells Asharq Al-Awsat.
She adds, “We, the neighbors, are not sure if he beats his wife, but the hurtful words he utters to her are worse than hitting!” She asserts that the man was not that nervous before 2019, that is, before the economic crisis, “we rarely heard his voice,” according to her.

She tells that it has become more severe with the increase in crises one after another, “even this year he moved his children from the private school to the public school near the house,” according to Sarah, who noticed that the school uniform for the boys had changed and the school bus no longer took them every morning.
None of the neighbors informed the security forces or the competent authorities, and according to Sarah, “every family has enough concerns.”

According to the statistics of the Internal Security Forces regarding the number of domestic violence complaints calls received to the hotline, the number of domestic violence complaints until November 2021 is 1,184, including 677 complaints out of 1,184 for reporting spousal violence, while the percentage of domestic violence reports that 57 percent of the abused women themselves, compared to 40 percent, were carried out by family members and/or neighbours.

In another house in Hay al-Salam area, housewife Um Ali lives with her five children and a “nervous” husband, as she describes it to “Al-Sharq al-Awsat.” She says: “He does not hit me in the sense of beating. …this is the nature of men who need venting.”

According to Um Ali, who is in her forties, “the man’s nervousness increased with the exacerbation of the daily crises, as his salary became insufficient for the basics, not even food and drink.” She adds: “The summer passed us like hellfire between the fuel crisis, the rise in prices and the power cuts for long hours… The woman breathed her anger out. By talking, praying, and screaming, as for the man, he does not resort to this way, but rather hits, insults, or breaks.” She adds, “It is natural for him to get angry and vent his anger in these circumstances!”

According to a statistical study carried out by Abaad Organization, one out of two women in Lebanon considered that protecting women should be a priority during the current crisis that the country is going through.

Sociologist Dr. Nizar Haidar explains to Asharq Al-Awsat that “the high rates of verbal and physical violence against women and women began to rise with the stone during the Corona period and increased remarkably with the deterioration of the economic situation in Lebanon.”

Haidar explains that “the economic crisis has proven its impact on all aspects of the lives of the Lebanese people, including the rise in the exchange rate of the dollar and the loss of the Lebanese pound’s value, the loss of many Lebanese jobs, and the life crises of the rise in the price of medicine, diesel, gas and gasoline… all of them are crises that put the individual in inability to Securing the requirements of life, and in the absence of an alternative, he resorts to clashing with his family, that is, his wife and children, which leads to verbal and sometimes physical violence.

While the rates of violence are likely to rise more the more the economic crisis intensifies, he warns that “this rise may eventually lead to suicide, whether it is for the abuser or the abused,” and highlights the need not to overlook the psychological stress factor caused by the crisis on the Lebanese people as a whole. .

According to the “Abaad” study, 96 percent of young girls and women residing in Lebanon who were subjected to domestic violence during 2021 never reported such violence. In this context, Haider stresses the need for battered women to raise their voice, and says: “It is unacceptable for a woman to bear any kind of violence. She should never remain silent about that, but on the contrary, she must inform the authorities that can protect her.”

While two out of the 5 women included in the study confirmed that they do not report because of fear of the perpetrator’s reaction, Haidar says, “Women are afraid that the reaction of the abuser will reach the point of killing, and this is what unfortunately happens in our societies and we have witnessed many similar cases, Where the man justifies killing his wife because of the honor killing.”

Haidar also talks about “a woman’s fear of society in the event that she is exposed to violence,” and points out that “women are always afraid of losing their children, so most of the time they remain silent about all forms of violence, negligence or insult. There are also women who consider that this is the nature of a man and that he was born violent and has the right to beat his wife.”







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