57% increase in domestic violence calls during MCO not true, ministry refutes report

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  • Saturday, 04 Apr 2020

PETALING JAYA: The Women and Family Development Ministry has refuted news reports claiming that domestic violence saw a 57% increase during the movement control order (MCO) period, claiming the figure was untrue.

“The Ministry would like to stress that the increase in the total percentage of the calls covers every category, including calls regarding the Covid-19 virus, Welfare Department referral support cases, counselling cases, and others, ” it said.

The Ministry, in a statement issued Saturday (April 4), stressed that every call, including domestic violence and abuse especially during the MCO, is taken seriously by them.

It said immediate action can be taken by the Welfare Department in accordance with the Child Act 2001 and Domestic Violence Act 1993.

The Ministry also requested that the public not misinterpret the figures reported by the said news report.

“Please refer to legitimate sources as well as ministerial explanations before making any statements in any communicative channels, ” it added.

According to a report by an English daily, the ministry’s Talian Kasih hotline saw a 57% or 1,893-call increase from women in distress up to March 26.

Its deputy minister Datuk Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff was quoted as saying that among issues raised were financial constraints, marital problems and domestic violence, as she assured that the situation was still under control.

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