Having a family is supposed to be a blissful adventure but it was sadly not the case for Siti *false name- identity protected* and her four teenage children. She had been subjected to domestic violence since the start of her marriage from her husband who was fond of beating her with a wooden stick, slamming her against the wall, kicking, and punching her. To make matters worse, not only did her children grow up to witness her being physically, emotionally, and verbally abused, they also became direct victims. They grew up in constant fear as their dad who was an alcohol addict would occasionally beat them with a rubber hose and cane.
The children became timid, withdrawn, aggressive, and used anger to resolve conflicts as 3 out of 10 women in Malaysia who experienced or witnessed domestic violence usually become. They drastically underperformed in school, had frequent nightmares as 2 out of 10 abused children would, and they are 1.5 times more likely to abuse drugs in adulthood as survivors of child abuse tend to do. The lives of these children are already crippling before they even become adults. The mother, who incurred severe injuries from the abuse and was hospitalized, had also internalized and suppressed emoitional pain for a long time just as her children. This affected her ability to move on and live a normal life again. Just as it is for children, women survivors of domestic violence also go through a lot of emotions - fear, confusion, anger, or even numbness. They often experience mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic disorder.
1 Family: RM4,000 - 10 therapy sessions for mother and 10 therapy session for children.
With the help of psychological assessments, therapy, and counselling, Siti and her children were able to release their suppressed feelings, recover well, and are now able to move on with their lives with confidence.
Help us to help 15 families recover from the violence they’ve suffered so that they can move on with their lives and also prevent them from inflicting violence on others.
“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members” - Mahatma Gandh
* Free 30 minutes mental health screening for donors who donated RM200 and above.
*Tax exemption receipt is available for Malaysian residents who donated
Goal 1 - Therapy fees for 15 women and children trauma survivors. Amount Needed: MYR60,000.00
Raised of MYR 120,000.00 target.
SOLS Health is a behavioural health centre that connects clients to accessible individual, family and community mental health and nutritional services with an emphasis on combating the stigma of mental health in Malaysia. We believe that behavioural health is one of the most critical determinants to physical health, personal wellness and good quality of life. We will not stop until going to the psychologist for your behavioural problems is recognised and accepted in the same light as going to the doctor for your medical problems. We exist because we believe that there is no health without mental health.