Sunday, August 18

Women and Family Department to set up helpline for women

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Harden (seated, centre), Noriah (third right) together with participants of the workshop.

KUCHING: A public helpline will be introduced by the Women and Family Department soon for women to lodge report if they were victims of any crimes or violence.

According to Women and Family Department director Noriah Ahmad, the helpline will be introduced soon but refused to reveal more information about it.

“There are many helpline but here in Sarawak we have yet to have such avenue to assist women so the helpline will be their source of reference to get further help,” said Noriah.

The helpline according to her will be declared open by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Child Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.

“We are in the midst of training our counsellors who will be able to handle any case and can handle any situation for victims of violence,” she added.

She said a workshop will be held on November 20 and 21 to train counsellors who will be handling the helpline.

Meanwhile, Assistant Minister for Community Wellbeing Datuk Francis Harden Hollis officiated at a workshop attended by 62 participants from non-governmental organisations, government departments, associations, mosque and surau chairperson and social workers yesterday.

Themed ‘Touching With The Heart’, the workshop aimed at helping participants understand human psychology, basic counselling among other things.