Raised of MYR 1,000.00 target.
How would you describe your family? Blissful? Valuable? Secure? Supportive? Undeniably, these are the words that we can easily think of when we are asked to describe about our family. Family should be a loving, safe and secure place for every family member. Sadly, this is not the case for everyone, specifically for those who are constantly encountering domestic violence from their family, or rather, their loved ones. It was on the 1st of March, Sunday. Sara *false name-identity protected*, dashed into the therapy room, looking completely disoriented. She was crying uncontrollably and even had a hard time breathing. Her 4-year-old child was standing by the door and stared at his mother in dismay. Sara had a big bump on her head. A corner of her lips was bleeding and there were several marks on her face.Eventually she found the strength to reach for her son and took him into her arms. Sara whispered softly “I can't take it anymore.. Please help me..” She had been physically tortured and abused by her husband throughout their marriage.Her husband attacked her with whatever he could find in the house and hit her in front of their child. Because of this, her child had been living in constant fear even in their own home. Having no choice, she had to physically sacrifice herself in order to protect her child from the brutality exhibited by the husband. Sara had no place to go and no money to build a life for herself and her child. She was exhausted and most importantly, had no determination left to move forward with her life due to the trauma of continued abuse. Until now, when asked to describe her family, terrifying and toxic would be the first thing that enters her mind. This is Sara’s story, however, there are countless women and children experiencing a similar unfortunate predicament as Sara’s.
Who we are :
We are the new interns at SOLS Health, a non-profit organisation that is passionate about mental health advocacy as well as providing affordable treatments and programs for people of all ages and backgrounds. Having studied psychology, we are aware that numerous researches have shown how important mental health is in every aspect of a person's life and this will reflect in their contribution to society. However, this awareness is not widespread and a worrying majority of Malaysians (76%) believe that there is no such thing as mental health. Due to the stigma attached to mental health-related issues, sufferers are being blamed or shamed for something that is out of their control, sometimes even by the ones who they trust the most. Consequently, this exacerbates their struggles and prevents them from getting the help they need. Therefore, our goal is to promote mental and emotional wellbeing, combat the stigmas surrounding mental illness and support those who are in need of help. For us, psychology is not only about identifying the problem but it's about finding a solution, advocating and making an impactful difference in people’s lives, especially those who are underprivileged and disadvantaged. We believe that together, we can help to create a better life for “Sara” and all the other domestic violence survivors.
Although the cases of domestic violence can be considered as slightly under control in the past few years, there has been a surge of domestic violence in the recent months. Ever since the outbreak of COVID-19, restrictions have been imposed to contain the virus. Indisputably, the implementation of movement restrictions has effectively ceased coronavirus from spreading. However, as more people are being confined to their homes, the number of domestic violence victims living with constant threat has also risen, with the abuses being more frequent, more severe and more dangerous. To illustrate, Malaysia has seen a spike in the number of domestic violence cases following the Movement Control Order (MCO) based on data gathered from the Women and Family Development Ministry and NGOs attending to domestic violence cases. According to the Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), the implementation of the MCO has led to a 44% increase in calls received from distressed women.
To make matters worse, domestic violence upon the mother and the child would result in lifelong physical, mental and emotional trauma if left untreated. Victims often experience stress and anxiety, lack of self-esteem and trust issues to build new relationships. Child survivors would endure emotional dysregulation such as perpetual aggression, social withdrawal and poor concentration. Alas, the victims who have not been treated in a proper way, might have troubles in moving on with their lives. With the BRAVE programme, domestic violence survivors will be given appropriate psychotherapy which will boost their emotional and mental wellbeing. Also, BRAVE will provide the opportunity for service providers to attend special trauma training and enhance their skills in treating the survivors. Ultimately, the trauma symptoms experienced from domestic violence relationships will be eliminated.
In response to this, we decided to practically dedicate ourselves in supporting the domestic violence survivors by raising funds. The funds collected in this campaign will be fully utilized in helping 15 families to recover from the violence they suffered.
Donate and join us in combating domestic violence. After all, why hurt when we can love and why ignore when we can help?
Note: Please be informed that the tax exemption will only be provided to Malaysians who donated RM50 and above upon request.
Raised of MYR 1,000.00 target.