Consider Providing Shelter for Domestic Violence Victims


KLANG, July 17: The State Government is currently discussing with the Selangor Housing and Property Board (LPHS) to provide temporary shelter to victims of domestic violence after being referred to the One Stop Crisis Centre (OSCC).

Executive Councillor for Women’s Affairs and Welfare, Rodziah Ismail said that they want LPHS to provide a part of the empty homes from the People’s Housing Project (PPR) to be made into a shelter for victims.

She said this is because some cases referred to the courts take a long time, so victims lose places to seek refuge.

“I was talking with LPHS regarding this matter because the parties involved are sometimes slow in dealing with victims’ complaints, so once they leave the OSCC, they lose shelter.

“Victims have to stay in hospital wards as patients; some of them even bring their children. So this matter needs to be taken seriously at the State and Federal Government level,” she told reporters after officiating the central briefing for the Klang District here at the Klang District/Land Office.

She added that victims can stay at the shelter for three to six months, where the State Government will help them generate their own income.

“They can be assisted by non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in terms of their needs, but at the same time, we will combine it with women’s programmes provided by the State Government so that victims can generate their own income.

“We need this refuge, if possible, in every district. So I also hope that all parties will come forward to help provide this shelter, do not worry, the State Government is ready to assist,” she said.

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