When one knows she abused

Ivy Josiah, Executive Director of Women's Aid Organization (WAO)
Ivy Josiah, Executive Director of Women’s Aid Organization (WAO)

“Currently there is mandatory rehabilitation for the husbands whom may have found guilty of abusing their wives in our country.  It is the responsibility and aims from the Women’s Aid Organization to lobby for the law to make it compulsory.” Ms Ivy Josiah said at the cheque presentation of Antabax & Giant Give Hope and Receive Health CSR initiative.

The session was attended by the media as well as staff from Lam Soon and Giant.  

It was an informative and thought provoking session which shared by Ivy.

Some of the key highlights which both male and female should take note of:-

  • The beginning of the abuse is when the spouse takes control of the social and family relationship, for e.g. the restriction from meeting friends and family members
  • There are averagely 10 reported abused cases a day, which is about 3,500 a year.  According to WAO statistics in 2012, the main challenge to get the data is the authority refused to share, which is common in most countries
  • The aim of WAO is not just to protect the women and kids, but also to build a happy families
  • Some of the abuse cases in Malaysia have frightening statistics, which is between 1-2 years, and some of the victims were abused up to 10 years.  However, more than 40% of the victims seeked help from WAO had been abused for more than 2 years
  • If the couples are not married, one may not persecute the other in court, as there is no marital linkage, some how the abuser gets away free
  • Marital rape, is some how still consists grey areas in this country.  The definition of forceful etc

I personally find the session interesting and exciting to learn as it is highly important for spouse to cross check the way how we treat our spouse, sometimes the way how we may have spoken and treated them.

Finally, glad that help is available.

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