Abused women and kids to get state help

THE Selangor state government is planning to set up one-stop centres at all government hospitals to provide resources and support for abused women and children.

State welfare, women’s affairs, science technology and innovation committee chairman Rodziah Ismail said victims of domestic violence, rape and abuse cases required attention during the crisis period.

“Comprehensive assistance is needed from protection and safe accommodation to emotional support, counselling and legal aid,” she said after chairing a dialogue with representatives from 60 women's non-governmental organisations (NGOs) recently.

Rodziah said the centre would seek help from the police, religious departments, NGOs, hospitals and the welfare department.

“The centre will provide medical treatment and all forms of help the victims need at one place,” she said, adding that at present, victims had to go and lodge police reports, seek legal advice and counselling on their own.

The establishment of the centres would take some time as it involved legal procedures, she said.

Rodziah added that the centres would be set up in areas with higher crime rates like the Klang Valley initially.

“The idea was started by the Federal Government and we feel that we can endorse it because it is a good solution to help women in trouble,” she said.

Rodziah also said the state government has formed a task force to study the possibility of given a RM75 monthly allowance to children in government nurseries.

She said priority would be given to children from underprivileged families with a household income RM1,200 and below.

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