Women from KAFA organization carry banners during a protest as they call for lawmakers to pass a draft law that protects women from family violence in Beirut, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The number of women seeking legal advice in cases of violence in Lebanon appears to be on the rise, according to a new report about the NGO KAFA's Support Center for victims of violence. Titled "About Violence Against Women and KAFA's Support Center," the report said that 768 women had sought legal advice from the center in 2018, up from 633 women in 2017 .The organization releases annual reports on violence against women in Lebanon, but this is the first time the Support Center is releasing numbers and testimonials from women who have received help from the center.KAFA, an NGO combating violence against women, runs the center, which provides social, legal and psychological support to women and children from all socio-economic backgrounds who are victims of violence.Despite the difficulties women face in seeking support, the steadily increasing number of women resorting to KAFA's Support Center suggest that they are becoming more vocal about abuse.The report stated that in 2013, 293 women received some form of care from the Support Center, and that this rose to 624 in 2014, 772 in 2015, 909 in 2016, 1,070 in 2017 and 1,107 in 2018 .Majed maintained that a lot of work remained to be done, and that the problems facing women and victims of violence were numerous.
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