The definition of domestic violence in Malaysia: a cross-national comparison

Daleleer Kaur Randawar, (2018) The definition of domestic violence in Malaysia: a cross-national comparison. AKADEMIKA, 88 (3). pp. 77-89. ISSN 0126-5008


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Malaysia is the first Asian country to have laws to protect victims of domestic violence and has recognized domestic violence as an issue of public concern. The Domestic Violence Act 1994 in Malaysia was finally amended and gazetted on 9 February 2012. Further amendments were gazetted on 21 September 2017 which came into enforcement on 1 January 2018. Desirable and much welcomed amendments addressed the outcry of many concerned parties involving domestic violence. Many crucial issues have been looked into and incorporated into the new amendments of the Domestic Violence Act such as focusing on the expanded definition of domestic violence, allowing the Act to be read together with the Penal Code or any written law involving offences relating to domestic violence and by making it possible that an Interim Protection Order be made by way of an application to the court. This article examines the recent amendments introduced by the Domestic Violence (Amendment) Act 2012 (Malaysia, Act AA1414) and Domestic Violence (Amendment) Act 2017 (Act A1538)to the Domestic Violence Act 1994 (Malaysia, Act 521) (hereafter referred to as the DVA 1994) specifically aimed at dealing with the definition and meaning of domestic violence in Malaysia. Several cases and statutory provisions will be examined in this article. The article seeks to critically examine the definition from other jurisdiction and will suggest legislative reforms which will involve a comparative study of other comparable jurisdictions.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Domestic violence; Economic abuse; Financial abuse; Psychological abuse; Emotional abuse
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