Domestic violence: Recommendations to the government during lockdown

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You might have heard of this phrase since last year – “a pandemic within a pandemic”.

As we all know, the Covid-19 pandemic isn’t just a health crisis but indirectly contributes to a whole host of other issues, including the rise of domestic violence and abuse. The lockdown saw a sharp surge in domestic violence against women.

One year later and Malaysia is still under various stages of lockdown. NGOs have continued to sound the alarm, highlighting intensified domestic abuse. Shazana Agha, head of research at the Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), joins BFM to share suggestions on how the government can handle the problem.

If you are a survivor of domestic violence or know of anyone who needs help, you may call Talian Kasih at 15999, the WAO Hotline at 03 3000 8858 (24 hours) or SMS/WhatsApp TINA at 018 988 8058 (24 hours).

Produced and presented by: Dashran Yohan

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