To Reveal Or To Conceal: The Experiences Of Women With Intimate Partner Violence In Malaysia
Recently, the issue of intimate partner violence (IPV) has been given attention by many stakeholders; however the
issue is still underreported. This study aims to explore the experiences of women with intimate partner violence and their
actions taken towards their cases. A total number of 234 women experiencing IPV were recruited in this study from all over
Malaysia except for Sabah and Sarawak through household survey using random sampling of enumeration blocks. Data
were collected using the WHO multi-country questionnaire. The findings showed that 194 of the survivors would like to
reveal their issues and receiving help from someone. Only 9.3% reports to the police and 7.2% reports to the health workers.
91 of them mentioned the reasons as to why they sought help and 52 of them did not mention the reasons for not seeking
help. In conclusion, there is still a lot of effort need to be done by policy makers, service providers and society for
encouraging and empowering survivors to break the silence and get a proper channel for them to encounter these problems.
Index Terms- Intimate partner violence, Experience, Survivors, Malaysia