Expo 2020: In an innovative approach to mental healthcare, Animal therapy for abuse victims launched at Dubai Cares pavilion.
07 November 2021, 12:00 AM
30 November 2021, 12:00 AM
The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children has launched a new programme that will use animals to help and heal victims of domestic violence and trafficking.
The programme was officially launched on Thursday at the Dubai Cares pavilion at Expo 2020.
The animal assisted therapy will help women and children cope with trauma and regain social and psychological well-being by interacting with dogs, cats, horses, birds and turtles, to name a few.
Ghanima Hassan Al Bahri, care and rehabilitation director at the foundation said,“We are here at Expo. So, we think about the future. This could be the future of therapy.”
Al Bahri said the foundation aims to support victims of violence, abuse and exploitation, and that the therapeutic intervention using animals can have immense benefits for victims suffering trauma.
“We can replace traditional therapy with animal assisted therapy. By using animals, we will be able to enhance their social performance, psychological well-being and their social functioning," she said.