Selangor state executive councillor Siti Mariah Mahmud said there was a sharp rise in calls about domestic violence since March.

SHAH ALAM: A total of 30 cases of domestic violence involving male victims were recorded in Selangor between January and September this year, state executive councillor Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud said today.

There were 224 cases of domestic violence involving women during the same period, she said.

“From the reported cases of domestic violence, among the types of violence that are often committed are causing physical injuries to the victims, intentionally or putting the victim in fear of physical injury as well as psychological and emotional abuse,” she said.

“Based on the report received by the Legal and Enforcement Unit of the Social Welfare Department, most cases of domestic violence involving male victims were afflicted either on the husband, father, son or grandfather,” she told reporters after launching the Stop Violence Against Women Campaign Week here today.

Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud.

She said the districts that recorded the highest number of domestic violence cases were Hulu Langat (70 cases) followed by Gombak (34), Subang Jaya (31), Klang (29), Petaling (25), Shah Alam (22), Kuala Langat (18), Hulu Selangor (11), Sepang (9), Kuala Selangor (3) and Sabak Bernam (2).

Siti Mariah added that based on the trend received by the Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), the domestic violence cases in Selangor recorded a sharp rise during the enforcement of the movement restrictions from March, with 4,872 calls and text messages received by the organisation.

She said the state government was working with WAO to fund the cost of crisis relief services for Selangor residents, covering medical, housing, transportation, food, drinks and telephone expenses.

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“From April to June, a total of 16 women, six boys, five girls, four male babies and two female babies have been protected (from domestic violence cases) with a total expenditure of RM11,466.50,” she said.



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