THE Penang government is planning to set up First Support Points at the two local councils and five district offices to help victims of domestic violence.
Penang women and family development, and gender inclusiveness committee chairman Chong Eng said the move would complement the First Support Points at 29 service centres of assemblymen which had been helping people in distress.
“The officers at Seberang Prai City Council, Penang Island City Council and the five district offices have already been trained on the matter.
“At the end of the day, I want to see ‘First Support Points’ being set up all over the state.
“Whenever there are victims, there will be people who can support them.”
Chong Eng was speaking after opening a one-day workshop on stopping domestic violence at a hotel in Prai near Butterworth on Sunday.
The First Support Points system is part of the Penang Safe Family Policy in addressing domestic violence.
The policy introduced in October last year is to create support services to combat domestic violence cases during the movement control order period.
Some 30 trainers attended the workshop organised by the Malaysia Hindu Sangam (MHS) Penang Council.
Chong Eng said the MHS Penang chapter had agreed to set up a First Support Point for domestic violence victims in the state.
“As I have said earlier, we cannot talk about equal rights when there are still women who are experiencing domestic abuse, ” she said.
Meanwhile, MHS national women bureau chairman T. Gowri said the organisation had been offering social welfare services for the past 56 years.
“We have been helping those facing domestic problems for many years.
“We act as the bridge, helping the victims to channel their problems to the relevant parties.
“There will be more such courses and workshops to be conducted with assistance from the state government.
“We will try to have the First Support Points all over the country as MHS is very well-structured at the national, state and district levels, ” she said.
Also present at the workshop were Penang Women Development Corporation chief executive officer Ong Bee Leng, MHS Penang Council vice-chairman B. Mohan, MHS Penang Women Bureau secretary R. Lalitha who conducted the training plus MHS Penang women leader P. Saroja.
Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation’s Mej (K) M. Kaleessvaran was one of the speakers at the event.