AMMAN — Around half of the women and girls who took shelter in the Dar Al Wifaq Osari Home this month are Jordanians, according to a Ministry of Social Development report issued on Wednesday.
The 50-bed shelter currently hosts 28 runaway and abused women, 15 of them Jordanian and the rest of other Arab nationalities, according to the report, which was sent to The Jordan Times.
Social Development Ministry Spokesperson Fawaz Ratrout said the facility provides shelter to abused women regardless of their nationality.
“We are committed to national legislation and international agreements that Jordan is a signatory to protect the rights of women and children,” Ratrout told The Jordan Times over the phone on Wednesday.
He noted that the shelter also hosts the children of these women raising the total number of its residents in January to 54.
Due to the pressure on Dar Al Wifaq, a new shelter will soon be established in the northern Governorate of Irbid, Ratrout added.
Ratrout also explained that the shelter hosted 23 Syrian refugees and their children over the past few days, but the majority of them have left after their problems were resolved.
The centre hosts runaway and abused women until the authorities and other concerned parties resolve the disputes with their families, but continues to follow up with them to check that they are no longer victims of recurrent violence.
Although The Jordan Times tried to contact some of the residents at the shelter, Ratrout said they were not allowed to talk to the press as this might affect their court cases.
Established in 2007 under a Royal Decree, the social development ministry-affiliated facility is equipped with a gym, a music lab, a library and play areas for children.
Located in the capital’s Marka suburb, the home adopts a holistic approach, providing health, psychological and legal consultation services, and offers residents music therapy and courses on communication skills.
According to official figures, around 390 abused and runaway women and girls took shelter in Dar Al Wifaq in 2011, compared to 734 in 2010, and 806 in 2009.