Hotline aims to help domestic abuse victims
A NEW hotline is providing legal advice to domestic abuse victims.
The hotline, which kicked off on October 20, is backed by the Blue Ocean call centre and Akhaya Women Myanmar. It is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, except holidays.
The consultants are all female law experts.
Currently, callers must use MPT but Blue Ocean is working to contact the Telenor and Ooredoo operators. For now at least, the hotline charges K100 per minute.
“We actually do not want to charge K100 per minute,” said U Tin Ko Ko Win, Blue Ocean chief operating officer. “These are call centre service fees. We do not have a discount at this time. We will try our best to make these calls supporting rights issues for women and children free in the future.”
Many women and children who are victims of sexual assault or violence do not know how to prevent or protect themselves against their aggressors using the law, Akhaya Women Myanmar founder and director Daw Htar Htar said. In response, her organisation decided to team up with the call centre, which had the technology and infrastructure, in order to make legal services more readily available.
“A local civil society organisation cannot afford to provide everything the public needs,” she said. “Violence will not wait until we have covered the costs of everything. So we are cooperating with likeminded organisations and business groups to reduce violence. People can decide what to do when they are armed with an understanding of the legal system.”
The hotline is also open to men because they should understand the rights of women and children, said Blue Ocean legal and corporate affairs department head U Min Tayza Nyunt Tin.
The hotline will also provide legal information related to business, property and company licences, he said.
“We will ask about violence first and then we will proceed with legal information based on the facts of the case,” he said “Women lawyers are well-advised on the difficulties faced by their women clients. We also have male lawyers for men.”
To call the abuse hotline, dial 1886 extension 3.