#NoExcuseForAbuse是由婦女援助組織 (WAO) 和 TBWA\ Kuala Lumpur 合力推動的一項社會活動，並贏得享有盛名的馬來西亞艾菲獎銀獎，這項頒獎典禮已於上週在八打靈再也舉行。 婦女援助組織的執行董事艾薇卓西亞說：“這是婦女援助組織第一次在全國各地舉辦藝術展覽活動，旨在提高大眾對家暴的醒覺度。” “我們到雪蘭莪、吉隆坡、吉蘭丹、馬六甲以及沙巴的購物商場、學校以及餐廳舉辦活動。你也會在電台聽到關於婦女援助組織所提供的公共服務。同時我們也與國會女性議員合作在社交媒體宣傳我們的活動。” 此外，婦女援助組織也提供一項名為“TINA”的服務，它是大馬首個短訊（SMS）熱線服務。 自今年3月推出以來，已經有169名女性傳過短訊給“TINA”。婦女援助組織的專員Kristine Yap說：“一些女性會覺得難以向別人傾訴煩惱，傳短訊反而較容易暢所欲言。這項短訊服務正適合她們。” 在活動上展出的上衣，可以看到用手織出的受害者心聲。每件上衣織的是一個家暴受害者承受苦難時，心裡所想的事。 Kristine Yap說：“比如有一件上衣寫着：‘確保家裡乾淨，是我的工作’，另一件寫着‘我連簡單的事都做不好，所以他會對我吼叫’。” Kristine Yap說：“婦女援助組織在這裡要對TBWA\ Kuala Lumpur 的熱心參與者表示感謝，謝謝他們為上述活動不辭勞苦的付出。”…
KUALA LUMPUR: Members of Parliament (MPs) from various parties have called for stalking to be made a crime.
“Currently there are no laws in Malaysia which define or address stalking,” said DAP MP for Batu Kawan, Kasthuri Patto, in the Dewan Rakyat last week during the debate on the Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill 2017.
“We should criminalise stalking and harassment of victims by making these acts offences under the Domestic Violence Act and the Penal Code,” she added.
She also said that many abusive partners are using social media such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Wechat to stalk and harass victims.
Other MPs echoed this concerns.
“This bill does not address the issue of stalking. After the divorce, ex-husbands still spy on their ex-wives, following them around and threatening them,” commented Amanah MP for Kota Raja, Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud.
BN MP for Tebrau, Khoo Soo Seang, emphasised that the law should prevent not only stalking by abusive partners but also stalking by third parties aiding the abuser.
Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, PKR MP for Gombak, asked, “Does the Ministry see stalking as a criminal offence to be included in the Penal Code and in this amendment bill, or does the Ministry hold a different view?”
Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Dato’ Sri Rohani Abdul Karim, explained that the Penal Code must first recognise stalking, before it can be included in the Domestic Violence Act.
The Minister, who is also BN MP for Batang Lupar, assured the Dewan Rakyat that her ministry is interested in making stalking a crime.
“The government will follow developments related to stalking and will consider to make it a crime in the nearest future,” she said in her Parliamentary reply on Tuesday.
The Minister said it was her wish for stalking to be made a standalone criminal offence, and said she planned to engage with NGOs and activists towards that goal.
President of Women’s Aid Organisation, Carol Chin, welcomed these calls and emphasised the danger of stalking.
“Stalking often leads to more severe forms of violence. Nine out of 10 women murdered by abusive partners were stalked before the murder,” said Chin.
“Yet, many victims of stalking cannot get protection. In many cases, the police can only intervene once the stalker has actually harmed the victim.”
“Our laws must be able to prevent stalkers from harming victims in the first place,” she added.
Stalking is an offense in Singapore, India, Philippines, Japan, the United Kingdom, and many other jurisdictions.