Min­istry has 1,300 of­fi­cers ready to help bat­tered women

They are au­tho­rised to issue Emer­gency Pro­tec­tion Or­ders

New Straits Times - - Front Page - FARHANA SYED NOKMAN KUALA LUMPUR farhanasyed@nst.com.my

SOME 1,300 of­fi­cers are ready to be mo­bilised to pro­tect do­mes­tic abuse vic­tims. Women, Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ro­hani Ab­dul Karim said the Emer­gency Pro­tec­tion Or­der (EPO) un­der the Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence (Amend­ment) Act 2017 re­quired swift action from the of­fi­cers.

“More than 1,300 of­fi­cers have been given train­ing to fa­mil­iarise them­selves with the EPO.

“We want to en­sure the en­force­ment is smooth. Our of­fi­cers have at­tended train­ing on EPO stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures.

“We will also go to the ground from time to time to en­sure ev­ery­thing is in place.

“A road­show to dis­sem­i­nate in­for­ma­tion will also be held,” she said af­ter at­tend­ing a ses­sion with Wanita Hari Ini at TV3 here yes­ter­day.

Dur­ing the in­ter­view, Ro­hani told viewers about the newly passed Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence (Amend­ment) Act 2017.

“With the EPO, vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence can now seek refuge un­der the Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence (Amend­ment) Act 2017.

“The EPO is an or­der that can be sought by the vic­tim any time (with con­sid­er­a­tion by an au­tho­rised Wel­fare Depart­ment of­fi­cer),” she said.

Ro­hani said EPO was in­tro­duced to pro­vide im­me­di­ate pro­tec­tion to vic­tims and to au­tho­rise wel­fare of­fi­cers to issue the or­der to vic­tims.

“An EPO will be granted if the vic­tim fears be­ing phys­i­cally in­jured.

“It also takes into con­sid­er­a­tion the needs of the vic­tim to be pro­tected af­ter there is phys­i­cal in­jury,” she said.

EPO ap­pli­ca­tions may be ex­plic­itly ap­plied for by the vic­tim, the vic­tim’s lawyer or guardian, as well as rel­a­tives and per­sons re­spon­si­ble for car­ing of chil­dren or dis­abled peo­ple, plus EPO au­tho­rised wel­fare of­fi­cers.

Vic­tims can ap­ply for EPO at the so­cial wel­fare of­fice or by call­ing Talian Kasih 15999.

The EPO va­lid­ity pe­riod is seven days from the date of issue.

How­ever, the EPO will come into force when it has been served on the per­pe­tra­tor within 24 hours.

Ro­hani also re­minded the peo­ple that the act of abuse should not be viewed as a norm.

“Many abuse vic­tims are afraid to come for­ward and speak up about their or­deal, and rel­a­tives and wit­nesses such as neigh­bours should play their part in help­ing them.

“If they (wit­nesses) know of any abuse cases, they should lodge a re­port with us.”

Datuk Seri Ro­hani Ab­dul Karim

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