JOHOR BARU: The state has the second highest number of domestic violence cases in the country although they are on the downward trend.
State Women and Family Affairs committee chairman Asiah Md Ariff said there were 1,903 cases between 2012 and August this year, most of which were sparked off by misunderstanding between couples.
Selangor has the highest number of cases but Asiah did not specify how many.
"The main cause of violence is due to uncontrolled anger, which leads to hitting, slapping, kicking and other physical torture on the victims," she said at the launch of a 90-day Anti-Violence Against Women campaign here yesterday.
Domestic violence, said Asiah, not only traumatised the victims but affected children who witnessed violence between their parents, leading to social problems such as gangsterism, drug abuse and running away from home.