KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 4,000 cases of domestic violence were reported nationwide from January until October this year, said Kuala Lumpur Hospital’s (HKL) Emergency and Trauma Department head Prof Dr Abu Hassan Asaari Abdullah.
He said the cases reported included physical abuse, rape and child abuse.
“Cases referred to HKL Emergency and Trauma Department alone recorded a 30 per cent increase, which is about 120 cases a month,” he told Bernama today.
Dr Abu Hassan said public awareness about domestic violence among Malaysians was still low and needed to be emphasised especially to men and families.
He said among the main causes of domestic violence were issues linked to finances, psychological pressure and poor family management.
“So I hope the people are able to appreciate harmony in the family … if the atmosphere in the house is unstable, it will produce a society which is violent and uncaring,” he added.
On measures taken to assist victims of domestic violence, Dr Abu Hassan said a total of 229 One-Stop Crisis Centres (OSCC) had been set up at government hospitals across the country.
On the OSCC conference, Dr Abu Hassan said 300 experts from various sectors such as the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), lawyers and gynaecologists would gather to discuss steps and latest approaches to curb the problem.