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Say No to Domestic Violence

Wong Shu Lee  


  July 17, 2021

We have been confined at homes for more than a year in total. Ever since last year, the number of domestic violence victims is increasing as they are living with constant threats. 


Malaysia has seen a spike in the number of domestic violence cases following the Movement Control Order (MCO), which was imposed since March 18, 2020. 


The pandemic has badly affected many industries. Many people are out of jobs or getting lesser income than what they usually get, moreover, our daily necessities are becoming more expensive day by day. 


Domestic violence was about exerting power and control. During this crisis, isolation and concerns over health and finances could aggravate an abuser’s desire to exert power and control. 


Some are hot-tempered, and they take it out on their wives. There are also cases where the husbands and children are victims. Domestic violence survivors are at greater risk because they are trapped in the house all day with the abuser. It is also more dangerous for them to seek help, as the abuser may be monitoring their every move. 


Just remember, if you’re experiencing domestic violence, or if you knew someone who is experiencing domestic violence, let’s be brave to get help from the Women’s Aid Association (WAO). 


Upon receiving calls, the WAO will advise victims on steps they can take to leave home safely. Besides, WAO is working with the police to rescue domestic violence survivors. 


Thus, if you’re being abused, please don’t be afraid to get help from the WAO. You can also ask someone that you trusted to contact the WAO for you if you’re inconvenient to make the call by yourself. 


At the same time, we would also like to urge everyone to stay calm during this uncertain time. If you have anger and anxiety in you, let’s deal with them in a healthy way. 


Physical activity can help reduce the stress that can cause you to become angry. If you feel your anger escalating, let’s do a few sets of burpee jumps. Besides, you can practice deep-breathing exercises, imagine a relaxing scene, or repeat a calming word or phrase, such as "Take it easy." You might also listen to music, write in a journal or do a few yoga poses — whatever it takes to encourage relaxation. 


Violence is not a solution to your problems. Please do not hurt your loved ones and regret for the rest of your life. 


We hope everyone is feeling safe at home. 


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