Abusive behaviour at home is a worldwide issue crossing national boundaries
just as financial, social, and racial issues. This issue isn't just broadly
scattered, yet its rate of such activity is broader than we think, making it a
common and acknowledged conduct. Domestic violence in the home is deep-rooted
and has serious impacts on the well-being of an individual especially women and
is colossal to the society we live in.
Family Lawyers of Dubai describes domestic violence as a misuse of power by an
adult in a relationship to monitor or control the other. It establishes fear in
the mind of another individual through violence or other forms of abusive
behaviour. It may constitute assault, battery, financial abuse, sexual assault,
social abuse and more. Importantly, anyone can be a victim of domestic violence
be it spouse, children, grandparents or another family member.
UAE law considers domestic violence a serious felony and the damage incurred by
the other person can have serious consequences on their daily life or routine.
Aggressive behaviour at home can incorporate sexual maltreatment, terrorizing,
dangers or hardship in performing day to day human exercises and rights. On the
off chance that you are indicted for aggressive behaviour at home, you should
confront the competent authority or lawyers in Dubai to impose strict penalties
on the accused.
Although the UAE does not have explicit laws to protect women against domestic
violence or aggressive behaviour in the home. However, UAE is a signatory to the
UN Convention on the Elimination of any form of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
Importantly, the UAE government mandates the officials to publish laws or
statistics to prevent domestic violence in the country. Further, the government
should lay down rules and regulations for police authorities to not discourage
women from filing a complaint against their husband for domestic violence.
On the other hand, UAE criminal Law lays down provisions for the crime of
assault which is applicable to domestic abuse. However, the country still does
not have regulations with regards to procedures through which police officials
should register a complaint against the spouse for domestic abuse. On the
contrary, Article 53 of the UAE Criminal Law allows the husband to chastise his
wife or children to a certain degree as permitted under the Law of Sharia.
Likewise, Article 56 of the UAE personal Status Law mandates the wife to obey
her husbands command.
In spite of such laws, the UAE still prevents domestic abuse or assaulting
behaviour if it leads to an inability to perform regular activities or any
Being an active member of CEDAW, the committee of CEDAW asked UAE authorities to
issue legislation preventing domestic abuse or violence and to ensure that it is
constituted as a criminal offence. It further stressed upon drafting reports to
understand the statistics of domestic violence cases and to enhance knowledge of
laws among UAE women to report such gruesome activities.
Stepping out of an abusive relationship is certainly not an easy task. However,
lawyers of UAE are always there to assist you. You must learn to safeguard
yourself first and always be prepared for any consequences, whatsoever.