THE Malacca government has approved a proposal by the police to set up a Victim Care Centre in the Seri Temenggong police housing area as a shelter for women and children pending police investigation into cases such as abuse and rape.
The centre will be a place to help victims recover from trauma, protect them from harassment, and for investigation and collecting of information or evidence.
Malacca police chief SAC I Ayob Mohamad said a total of RM300,000 had been allocated by the state to convert an empty bungalow in Seri Temmenggong into the centre.
He said the centre would have a security guard and accommodate fragile victims in cases of domestic violence, rape, incest and sodomy, and victims of criminal cases who needed counselling and temporary shelter.
He said the centre would have a living room, kitchen, bedrooms, playroom for children, prayer room, counselling room, video-conferencing room and an office.
It will provide a conducive and therapeutic setting for the care and comfort of victims, he said after the monthly assembly at the police headquarters in Malacca recently.
The centre will house up to 10 persons at a time and protect victims after they lodge police reports.
They can stay at the centre for up to a month pending investigation by police, he said.
SAC I Ayob said a similar centre was established with British co-operation in Bukit Aman several years ago.
He said that Malacca police was among the first contingents to set up such a centre.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the state had approved the project's first phase at a cost of RM100,000 and the centre would operate in two months.