24-hour hotline for domestic violence victims in Sarawak

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MIRI: Haliza Zurah Zulkefeli was a victim of domestic violence, but fought and won her case at the court of law in Sibu last year.

Now the 36-year old Kuala Lumpur-born medical doctor intends to do more for victims of domestic violence in Sarawak with the establishment of the Women’s Organisation for Change (WOC), so that they will not suffer in silence.

WOC was established in August 2016 and in January this year, set up its own hotline.

“WOC’s vision was inspired by my own personal experience of being a victim of domestic violence, not knowing where to go to get help while I was working in Sibu,” she told Bernama. Read more

‘Sinners’ need protection from domestic violence too, Amanah MP explains

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KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 ― Government must protect victims of violence and abuse even for those deemed to be sinning under Islam, Parti Amanah Negara MP Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud said today after proposing that cohabiting couples be recognised as households.

Under fire from fellow Islamists for her suggestion in Parliament, the Kota Raja MP said domestic violence and cohabitation among unmarried couples are two different issues that must be handled separately.

“It is the responsibility of the government to give protection towards victims of violence and abuse even if they commit sins. These two issues must be separated.

“If we rely on the premise that sinners do not have the right to be defended, that goes against Islam and also human rights,” said the chief of Amanah’s women’s wing AWAN. Read more

Welfare officers will be empowered to protect domestic violence victims, minister says

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PUTRAJAYA, July 18 — Some 1,600 Welfare Department (JKM) officers will be empowered to issue an Emergency Protection Order (EPO) to provide immediate protection to victims of domestic violence, said Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim.

She said it was among five reforms included in the Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill 2017 which was expected to be tabled for the second and third readings in Dewan Rakyat at the next Parliamentary sitting.

Through the amendment, she said, authorised officers are empowered by JKM director-general to issue ex-parte temporary order effective for one week to protect domestic violence victims during a state of emergency.

“Currently all JKM officers are in the midst or have undergone the relevant course. The ministry wants all JKM officers in the field to be well-trained,” she told reporters at a briefing session on the Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill 2017 to media practitioners here today. Read more

Amendments to Domestic Violence Act to be tabled tomorrow

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Rohani said domestic violence not only involved wife battering, as victims of violent acts could also be husbands, parents-in-law and other in-laws. — Picture by Choo Choy Ma for the MMO.

Rohani said domestic violence not only involved wife battering, as victims of violent acts could also be husbands, parents-in-law and other in-laws. — Picture by Choo Choy Ma for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 2 — The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry will table the amendments to the Domestic Violence Act 1994 (Amendment 2012) for the first reading in the Dewan Rakyat, tomorrow.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said the amendments were aimed at giving overall justice to family members experiencing violence not just physically, but also emotionally and psychosocially.

“The examples include theft of pension card and issues involving property and pronouncement of divorce through WhatsApp,” she told reporters after opening the ‘Bridge To A Better Life’ Emotional Wellbeing programme, here, today.

Rohani said domestic violence not only involved wife battering, as victims of violent acts could also be husbands, parents-in-law and other in-laws. Read more

After domestic abuse victim’s murder, lawyer urges mandatory arrest of violent spouses

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A lawyer said police must arrest violent individuals who are reported to have abused their families to avoid them from suffering like the now-murdered domestic abuse victim Nurhidayah A. Ghani. — AFP pic, taken from MMO

A lawyer said police must arrest violent individuals who are reported to have abused their families to avoid them from suffering like the now-murdered domestic abuse victim Nurhidayah A. Ghani. — AFP pic, taken from MMO

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20 — A lawyer said police must arrest violent individuals who are reported to have abused their families to avoid them from suffering like the now-murdered domestic abuse victim Nurhidayah A. Ghani.

Speaking after the High Court here today convicted Nurhidayah’s violent husband Jamaluddin Ali over her 2013 death arising from multiple assaults that left “horrendous injuries” over her body, lawyer Goh Siu Lin said the court ruling amounts to “justice” for the victim’s family.

“The case showed how important it was to enforce protection orders and interim protection orders — which are court orders typically given to stop a violent spouse from threatening or abusing a domestic abuse victim,” she said.

“So we should in this country lobby for mandatory arrest once a report is made by the victim or any of the family members, so the police must be compelled to take immediate steps to arrest the perpetrator.

“And so that we can ensure the enforcement of protection orders and interim protection orders are given paramount importance to promote the safety and reduce violence and prevent serious harm and death,” she said. Read more

Ensure justice for domestic violence victims — WAO

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JANUARY 20 — Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) welcomes the High Court’s decision to uphold justice for domestic violence and murder victim, Nurhidayah A Ghani. On January 20, 2017, the High Court declared her husband, Jamaluddin Ali, guilty of murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code.

For Nurhidayah’s family, this verdict brings closure to a wearying and drawn-out process of seeking justice. Jamaluddin had physically and psychologically abused Nurhidayah for over a decade, since 2003.

He had repeatedly banged her head into the wall, hit her with a helmet and a fishing rod, and strangled her. From 2009 to 2013, Nurhidayah and her family lodged more than 10 police reports against Jamaluddin.

However, the authorities failed to intervene to protect Nurhidayah from her violent abuser.

The authorities refused to arrest Jamaluddin despite the fact that he had violated the Interim Protection Order (IPO) and repeatedly harassed Nurhidayah and her family. Read more