Men also suffer from physical abuse, Dewan told


Reports by MARTIN CARVALHO, HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM, RAHIMY RAHIM and TARRENCE TAN 

HUSBANDS were also physically abused by their wives, although no specific reason on why it happened was mentioned, the Dewan Rakyat was told.

Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Hannah Yeoh (pic) said there were 56 cases where the men of the house were physically abused between 2017 and last June.

She said there were 1,037 domestic violence cases reported during the period and 5.4% involved wives abusing their husbands.

The figure could be higher because there could be more unreported cases, she said when answering a question by Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique (BN-Kota Tinggi).

Yeoh said that of the total cases, 484 involved physical injuries, 401 feared the threat of physical injury and 69 of emotional trauma.

Also recorded, she added, were 30 cases of depression and anxiety caused by the destruction of physical property, 29 cases of sexual harm or threats and 24 cases of victims being confined against their will.

Yeoh added that based on the record, it was found that most cases were due to sexual dysfunction, jealousy and partners seeking a divorce.

"Although victims can now seek an emergency protection order under the Domestic Violence (Amendment) 2017, many are still unaware of it.

"Only 10 emergency protection orders (EPOs) were issued since the amendment came into force last year," she said, adding that to address the situation, a multilevel committee comprising

representatives from the Home Ministry, police and non-governmental organisations would be set up to help victims lodge reports.

"We will be coming out with simple infographics on how reports can be made to our officers, who will process the EPO within two hours," she noted.

Yeoh also said that there were 42 safe houses nationwide that provide shelter to victims of domestic violence.

At the Dewan Rakyat