By Norrasyidah Arshad
SHAH ALAM, Nov 21 — The state government has set up a dedicated committee involving various stakeholders to look into domestic violence issues.
State Public Health, Unity, Women and Family Development Committee chairman Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud said the Domestic Violence Issues Coordination Task Force will function as a think tank to establish an action plan specifically to address the matter through strategic partnerships.
At the same time, she said a few series of seminars will also be organised online to share inputs as well as actions needed in efforts to curb the problem.
“We find the statistics released by the Social Welfare Department (JKM) of Selangor deeply concerning, whereby 80 per cent rise in domestic violence cases throughout the months of January to October had been recorded this year.
“The cases have reportedly increased during the movement control order (MCO),” said Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud in a statement yesterday.
Following that, she hoped all parties would assist and show their support for this effort to stop the crime.
Earlier, a roundtable conference regarding the issue of domestic violence was held virtually which was participated by 46 stakeholders involving JKM, the Selangor State Health Department, the Selangor Syariah Judiciary Department, police and representatives from NGOs as well as private entities.
Caption: State executive councillor for women and family development Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud answering questions from the media after officiating the Selangor Special Child Teachers Symposium Ceremony (AnIS) 2020 at IDCC, Shah Alam, on January 12, 2020. — Picture by ASRI SAPFIE/SELANGORKINI