Selangor Journal
State executive councillor for women and social welfare Anfaal Saari speaking to the media after the opening ceremony of the National Family Month 2023 Selangor level at Zoo Negara, Ampang Jaya on 26 November 2023. — Picture by HAFIZ OTHMAN/SELANGORKINI

Exco: Police affected victims of domestic violence refused to make a report

by Zareef Muzammil

AMPANG JAYA, Nov 26 — The State Government is working with the police to track down any victims of domestic violence who refuse to make a report.

State executive councillor for social welfare Anfaal Saari said the move was to help the parties involved from continuing to become victims of violence that could threaten security.

According to him, the approach is also in line with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign that started yesterday until December 10 to fight violence against women and children.

“We not only see women as survivors of violence but also children. Even once they are victims of violence, they are still counted as victims of violence.

“So we want (domestic violence) to stop. We cooperate with the PDRM and want to ‘reach out’ (find) those who have not reported cases of domestic violence to help,” he said.

She was met by reporters after officiating at the Selangor level National Family Month 2023 celebration organized by the National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN) at the National Zoo here today.

In a related development, Anfaal said 25 per cent of the 123 complaints reported to Talian Selamat involved cases of domestic violence from November 2021 to October.

“The special SELamat line was created during the pandemic with the help of the State Government amounting to RM100,000 and until now this line has been continued to make it easier for victims to make reports.

“A total of 123 complaints were received through the line, with 25 percent of them being cases of domestic violence. This percentage is considered high, so I hope all the community will take note of the importance of protecting family institutions (from violence),” she added.

Operated by Wanita Berdaya Selangor, the SELamat line operates 24 hours a day and complainants can contact 03-6419 5027.

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