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WAO’s shelter has provided refuge to 949 women and 821 children from January 2010 to September 2016. 
YSD has been supporting WAO since January 2010, with RM2.8 million committed towards the organisation until September 2016. 
In October 2016, the Governing Council of YSD approved an extension of RM1.5 million to WAO over the next three years. 
Domestic violence ruins families, dragging lives into an abyss of physical, emotional and psychological abuse.

In 2014, statistics from the Royal Malaysian reportedly showed that there are 4,807 reported cases of domestic violence, out of which 3,545 cases involved women compared to 4,123 cases in 2013, of which 3,055 cases involved women.

This represents a 16.04% increase in domestic violence cases involving women.

Recognising that domestic violence leaves women and children powerless and in need of protection, the Women’s Aid Organisation opened Malaysia’s first refuge for abused women and their children in 1982.

WAO’s shelter has provided refuge to 949 women and 821 children from January 2010 to September 2016.

YSD has been supporting WAO since January 2010, with RM4.3 million committed towards the organisation until December 2019.


The funding has helped to support WAO’s efforts to assist victims of domestic violence at its refuge centre, and create greater impact with law and policy reforms, principally by engaging with the Attorney General’s Chambers and Parliamentarians, as well as working within the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG).  


Some major milestones achieved by WAO include the:
  • development of the “Garis Panduan Pengendalian Kes Keganasan Rumahtangga” (or Guidelines on Handling domestic violence cases), which was launched by the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development on 1 October 2015. 

  • implementation of a pilot project on social entrepreneurship to equip women at its refuge centre with skills to produce homemade products in order to earn additional income.

  • publication of a report titled “Working Together: Case Studies in Domestic Violence Response, 2015 Report” to highlight on-going common challenges faced by survivors of domestic violence and their children. 

  • launch of WAO’s “Domestic Violence Shelter Standards and Toolkit”, a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for creating safe spaces for survivors of domestic violence, in partnership with YSD and the High Commission of Canada, in March last year.

In October 2016, the Governing Council of YSD approved an extension of RM1.5 million to WAO over the next three years.


YSD’s continued funding to WAO will enable the NGO to further its advocacy programmes and policy reforms, a crucial support needed for battered women and children.

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13 Jul 2017
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