By Sheeda Fathil
SHAH ALAM, Nov 21 — A staggering 4,690 cases of domestic violence were recorded in Selangor from 2020 until August of this year, the highest among all states.
State executive councillor for welfare Anfaal Saari said based on police statistics, 813 of these cases happened since the start of this year.
“The district with the highest number of cases is Gombak, with 147, followed by Kajang with 91 and Petaling Jaya with 79,” she said in a press conference for the launch of the Bangkit! Fighting Violence Against Women And Children programme at the State Secretariat Building, here, yesterday.
Also present was Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari.
On the same note, Anfaal said the state’s Talian SELamat 24-hour helpline has received 123 calls since November 1, 2023, 72 of which involved domestic violence, while the remaining 51 were general issue-related.
She urged individuals requiring assistance related to domestic violence or abuse, or who wish to identify those in need of help, to contact the SELamat hotline at 03-6419 5027.
Meanwhile, Amirudin had said, in June 2021, that the state government is allocating RM100,000 to set up the special helpline as part of the Kita Selangor Package 2.0, rolled out on the back of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The helpline is managed by Wanita Berdaya Selangor personnel, in cooperation with volunteers.