DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: ARE WE ALL ON THE SAME PAGE OR JUST PROVIDING LIP SERVICE ASK MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

‘No one disputes that there was no violence involved but just that the victim did not have either a CCTV recording of the assaults, or of witnesses to the fact to collaborate the allegations.

Injurious, blood stains, photographs of trauma on the body of the victim I am told not enough as we have some obsessed with their personal KPIs and who in my assessment are a abomination to the profession!’

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: ARE WE ALL ON THE SAME PAGE OR JUST PROVIDING LIP SERVICE ASK MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

Are Malaysians surprised that there has been a total of 9,015 cases reported of domestic violence since the movement control order (MCO) was first enforced in March 2020!

This was expressed by women, family and community development minister Rina Harun who I believe was citing data from the police, that 5,260 cases were reported throughout 2020,

Strangely to the minister the ongoing initiatives to address the matter include the Talian Kasih hotline at 15999 or by WhatsApp at 019-2615999 as that facility is reported to be available 24 hours a day as a single point of contact for all communications to channel complaints and acquire advice.

And it facilitates callers to access any form of aid provided by the ministry, including psycho-social services.

But what is absent in the response is the state of those complains to date, CASSA MALAYSIA asks!.

If Police reports, medical evidence procured and investigations continuing or finished what is the state of those been prosecuted or chargers filed to date?

And how many among those cases are reported as NFA (No Further Action) for reasons best known to those whose shoulders lays the responsibility.

And how many from that same statistics was still born of dead on arrival despite a big show of procedural drama because certain conduits were more obsessed with success and KPIs?

If the minister had really the vision the professionalism and the empathy I am certain the questions I had raised would have been facilitated at Parliament so that not just the August house but the nation and most importantly domestic violence victims would know whether there is really a sense of dedication, commitment, accountability and daring by those investigating and those responsible for prosecution!

For now, several cases that I have been involved in shows an embarrassing outcome!

In one case alone, the victim had lodged over 8 reports!

No one disputes that there was no violence involved but just that the victims did not have either a CCTV recording of the assaults, or of witnesses to the fact to collaborate the allegations.

Injurious, blood stains, photographs of trauma on the body of the victim I am told not enough as we have some obsessed with their personal KPIs and who in my assessment are a abomination to the profession!

As for Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rina Harun, my humble advice is perhaps, you may need to appoint me as your point man and advisor to address and analyze and drive a holistic response that sees a fast-track of all cases that comes under this umbrella.

At the end of the day the question raised is are the perpetrators of domestic violence untouchables because of our incompetence or because of a false report.

I think we know the answer to that!