Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Chew Mei Fun said domestic violence cases saw a 66% increase between 2012 and last year.
As reported by the New Straits Times, Chew told the Dewan Negara that the number of cases jumped from 3,488 in 2012 to 5,796 last year.
She said this in answering a question posed by Senator Engku Naimah Engku Taib who wanted to know how effective has the Domestic Violence Act 1994 (Amendment 2012) been.
Chew explained that under the Act, legal protection extends to wives, husbands, former husbands, former wives, children, incapacitated adults and other family members.
As for the number of domestic violence cases against women and abuse as well neglect of children, 57,519 cases were reported between 2010 and March this year.
“The increase in the number of reported cases is one indicator that the society generally knows and exercises their rights as outlined under the Act. It also goes to show that the society’s awareness on offences of domestic violence has also increased,” Chew was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times.