SHAH ALAM: A total of 254 domestic violence cases have been recorded in Selangor from January to September 2020 with Hulu Langat topping the list at 70 cases.
State Health, Welfare, Women and Family Empowerment Committee chairman Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud said the state’s Social Welfare Department recorded 254 domestic violence cases that had taken place throughout the state.
“Based on statistics given by the Selangor Social Welfare Department’s Legal and Enforcement Unit, from the 254 cases that happened in a nine-month period, saw Hulu Langat having 70 cases while Gombak and Subang Jaya each recorded 34 cases and 29 cases in Klang. Other areas totalled 90 cases, ” she said at a press conference held at the Annex Building outside the State Legislative Assembly on Monday (Nov 9).
Siti Mariah, in launching the Stop Violence, Respect Women 2020 campaign, added that out of the total, 224 cases involved women while men were being abused in 30 cases.
“Our state government sees these figures as a serious issue as the domestic violence incidents reported found that from the total 254 cases, 119 involved physical injuries to the victims ” she said.
She added that in 71 domestic violence cases, the aggressor had intentionally induced fear in the victim, while in 50 other cases the victims were mentally and emotionally tortured.
Siti Mariah said the rate of domestic violence in Selangor had gone up during the implementation of the movement control order (MCO) where the Women Aid’s Organisation (WAO) had received 4,872 calls and messages through WAO Hotline and Think I Need Aid, call line.
“We realise that there is a need to house domestic violence victims and there is a need for shelters during the MCO period. Through the state’s Women and Family Development Committee, we have worked with WAO on a community programme to finance the cost of crisis services like medicines, housing, transport and food, ” she said.
Siti Mariah added that 31 victims of domestic violence had been placed in shelters for protection from their aggressors from April until June 2020, adding that this costs more than RM11,000.
“In the three months 14 were women, six were male children, five female children, four male infants and two female infants were housed in shelters, ” she said.
On Monday, all assemblymen wore orange masks at the Selangor State Legislative Assembly to support the fight against violence directed at women and girls.
Siti Mariah added that there is a need to focus and fight against gender-based violence.
“We need to bring attention on this issue to end violence against women and girls. Using the colour orange has come to mean a better future free from violence against women and girls. This will help unite people against the discrimination of women, ” she said.