Changes to Domestic Violence Act Accelerates Precaution

Domestic violence victims will not have to wait for the court to safeguard them from their abusers but can get instantaneous and extensive security with the brand-new Emergency Protection Order (EPO).

The Domestic Violence (Amendment) Act 2017 was passed in Dewan Rakyat the other day, which to name a few, offers an EPO to be provided by a Welfare Department officer quickly.

Ladies, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim stated the EPO will stand for 7 days from the time notification is provided to the supposed abusers.

An EPO can be provided by a social well-being officer despite whether an interim security order (IPO) or defense order (PO) has been formerly made or is pending.

This order will likewise be provided to the cops, who need to serve the copy of the EPO personally to the person called in the report within 12 hours, she stated in her winding-up speech.

She included that anybody who wilfully contravened the EPO would, upon conviction, be accountable to a fine not surpassing RM2,000 or not more than 6 months in jail or both.

Any individual who willfully contravenes the EPO using violence is accountable to a fine of not more than RM4,000 or to jail time of not more than one year or both.

The newly-passed changes likewise enhanced the orders that can be made under an IPO and clarifies the scenarios where an IPO stops to have resulted.

On demands by MPs to think about consisting of single couples as qualified for security orders under the Act, Rohani stated the arrangements of the law just extended as far as to consist of de facto couples– those who had a conventional type of marital relationship without registering it.

” We cannot broaden the meaning really far, it will beat the function of the Act.

” However, single couples can constantly look for redress under existing laws, such as the Penal Code,” she stated.

On why stalking was ruled out an act of domestic violence, Rohani stated at the minute, even the other laws did not particularly state it as a criminal act.

” I do wish to make it an offense, but it needs to not be positioned under this Act,” she stated.