One out of 20 domestic abuse victims in Malaysia are men

Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Hannah Yeoh, said that one out of 20 domestic abuse victims in Malaysia are men.
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KUALA LUMPUR - Sexual dysfunction, jealousy and asking for a divorce were among the factors that led to cases of domestic violence recorded by the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry.

Its Deputy Minister Hannah Yeoh, also expressed worry that many more cases go unreported - including husbands who are abused by their wives.

"Of the 1,037 domestic violence cases reported between 2017 and June 2018, 56 cases, or 5.4 per cent involved husbands who were the victims," she said when answering a question raised by Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique (BN-Kota Tinggi) in Parliament on Thursday (March 21).

Of the total number of cases, she said that 484 involved physical injuries, 401 cases of fear or threat of physical injury, and 69 cases of emotional trauma.

Also recorded were 30 cases of depression and anxiety caused by destruction of physical property, 29 cases of sexual harm or threats and 24 cases of victims being confined against their will.

Although victims can now seek an emergency protection order under the Domestic Violence (Amendment) 2017, Yeoh said many victims were still unaware of this.

"Only 10 emergency protection orders (EPO) were issued since the amendment came into force last year," she noted.

To address this, she said a multi-level committee comprising representatives from the Home Ministry, police and non-governmental organisations, would be set up to help victims lodge reports.

"We will be coming out with simple infographics on how reports can made to our officers who will process the EPO within two hours," she added.

Yeoh said that there are 42 safehouses nationwide that provide shelter to victims of domestic violence.