Mapping Women's Journey in Seeking Refuge from Domestic Violence in Malaysia
Pemetaan Perjalanan Wanita dalam Mendapatkan Perlindungan daripada Keganasan Rumah Tangga di Malaysia
Keywords:Domestic violence, women’s journey, refuge, Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
AbstractThis study aims to map women’s journeys in seeking refuge from domestic violence at a shelter managed by Women’s Aid Organization (WAO). This study adopts documentary analysis method of domestic violence cases against women in Malaysia which recorded by WAO in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The spatial data in this study is visualised by using geographic information systems (GIS) software. This research found that women living outside the Klang Valley are vulnerable due to limited source of information, lack of variety in terms of available formal assistance and forced to travel for long distances of up to 320 km for protection. The journey visualised in this study does not describe the entire actual journey that women go through, which is typically more complex and lengthy. The findings of this study are able to provide information to stakeholders in establishing shelters that are easily accessible to women from various locations of origin in the country towards effective intervention in domestic violence.
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