根据妇女援助组织（WAO）近期发布的2017年度报告，越来越多的家庭暴力幸存者选择透过WhatsApp寻求协助，以致在2017年，妇女援助组织的WhatsApp / SMS热线使用量增加了两倍。 2017年，妇女援助组织透过WhatsApp / SMS热线“TINA”进行了1698次咨询，比较前年的咨询次数为699次。 妇女援助组织案例经理Charlene Murray说：“许多家暴幸存者认为，透过WhatsApp取得咨询感觉更舒服。发短信比使用电话讲话让她们觉得较少胁迫感，从而减少了幸存者寻求支援的障碍。” Charlene 补充道，“这一趋势符合大马人是全球最热衷使用WhatsApp的用户之一的数据调查。透过了解家暴幸存者选择的沟通方式，我们将可更有策略的接触她们。” 妇女援助组织于2014年推出了“TINA”，代表“我想要援助”。通过TINA，家暴幸存者可以获晓她们的权益和选择等相关信息。 TINA也是接触妇女援助组织服务如庇护所和社交工作的起点。 “TINA”简称是广告公司TBWA Kuala Lumpur的创意。 在2017年，艺术家Chan Wen…
Petaling Jaya, 8 March 2011 – To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), in collaboration with Unilever and Guardian, held a festive celebration and launched the Pink Heart Campaign, which will provide vital funds to help the work of WAO in protecting and empowering women.
In 1911, the first International Women’s Day was recognised in Europe. Rallies were held to campaign for women’s right to work and vote and women called for an end to discrimination. For the last 100 years, International Women’s Day has grown to be celebrated worldwide.
WAO Executive Director, Ivy Josiah, said, “Although International Women’s Day is a day of celebration, we must remember that many women in Malaysia still endure violence in their homes.” She went on to note that, “In 2010, 137 women (along with 93 children) sought shelter at the WAO refuge. Of this number, 95 women were survivors of domestic violence.”
Josiah also pointed out that WAO does not just provide physical shelter for women and their children. “It also provides telephone counselling and face to face counselling for women seeking help and advice. In 2010, WAO social workers spoke with women either over the phone or in person on 1,689 occasions. A further 297 email enquiries were responded to from women seeking help. This comes to a total of almost 2,000 occasions on which WAO staff provided advice and assistance to women – and the majority of the cases concerned domestic violence.”
During the International Women’s Day celebrations in 1985, WAO was part of the pioneer Joint Action Group against Violence against Women (JAG) that initiated the call for a Domestic Violence Bill that was finally passed in Parliament in 1994. Josiah said, “Seventeen years after the passing of the Domestic Violence Act, we must celebrate the success of women’s groups in attaining a law to protect women from domestic violence, but at the same time we must continue to highlight the challenges faced by domestic violence survivors.”
Although the police and welfare department often assist women as best they can, there are nevertheless serious flaws and inconsistencies in the implementation of the Domestic Violence Act.
WAO calls on the Malaysian government to take note of the following recommendations:
- Expand the definition of domestic violence to include psychological and emotional forms of violence.
- Standardise all relevant police and welfare procedures across states to ensure effective enforcement of the law and prioritise safety for the survivor of domestic violence.
- Ensure all survivors of domestic violence are made aware of the availability and process for obtaining an interim protection order (IPO), as well as their rights to shelter, medical care and transportation.
- Serve notice of an IPO on an offender within 24 hours of the order being made and notify the domestic violence survivor as soon as the order has been served.
- Discontinue the requirement that criminal investigations have to be ongoing in order for an IPO to be considered valid. A complainant should be given protection at all times regardless of the status of the investigation.
- Women and children should have the right to remain in their own homes and the offender should be required to vacate the premises.
WAO believes that improving the implementation of the Domestic Violence Act will better protect women from abuse. Today, on International Women’s Day, it is important to highlight these steps that still need to be taken to put an end to violence against women in Malaysia.
About Women’s Aid Organisation
WAO is an independent, non-religious, non-governmental organisation based in Malaysia, committed to confronting violence against women.
WAO was established in 1982 when it opened Malaysia’s first women’s refuge, providing shelter, counselling and child support to women survivors of domestic violence and abuse.
WAO opened a Child Care Centre in 1990, the first of its kind in Malaysia, to provide a home for children of ex-residents who have left both our refuge and their former abusive situations to start new lives. The WAO Child Care Centre aims to not only provide the children with their physical needs, but also to support them emotionally and mentally.
WAO is also involved in public education to create awareness of violence against women and women’s rights, and it undertakes advocacy on legal reform, in particular, policies and laws that discriminate against women.
The WAO Centre, which opened in late 2004, is an administrative and advocacy centre that also acts as a resource for the public. The WAO Centre is used for face to face counselling sessions as well as briefings for students, researchers, media, donors, volunteers and members.
Women’s Aid Organsiation
Phone: 03 7957 0636 / 5636
Published on March 08, 2011