Refuge for abused women in Malaysia

by Women's Aid Organisation (WAO) Vetted since 2011 Site Visit Verified


Women's Aid Organisation opened Malaysia's first Refuge in 1982. This project shelters over 120 abused women and their children and provide telephone counselling to over 2,000 women in crisis per year. We also shelter foreign women like domestic workers and aslyum seekers. Women are given a safe place to free themselves from the violence perpertrated by their husbands, partners or employers.1 in 10 women are affected by domestic violence, we are claiming the right to be protected.

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1 out of 10 women are affected by domestic violence in a population of 8 million adult women in Malaysia. DV is still a hidden issue where women are being blamed for not being good and obedient wives. There is also a rise in the abuse of migrant domestic workers, trapped in homes working for abusive employers. We give hope! Read -


WAO provides not only safe shelter and telephone counselling, We also provide legal options, safety planning, assistance in making police reports and getting protection orders. We work with government agencies to improve the response to women who are abused. The police are critical in ensuring safety, however we still face numerous challenges. Our long term objective is to institute in every part of Malaysia a coordinated gender sensitive response to women who are abused and seek protection.

Long-Term Impact

This project will empower over 3,000 women per year through our shelter and counselling services to claim a better life for their children and themselves. At the same time through our public education programmes, we educate the public that domestic violence is unacceptable and gender equality is a human right. Eliminating Gender Discrimination is our end goal in a community that is in the grips of conservatism. We want to ensure that the 15 million women in Malaysia can claim their rights.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Organization Information

Women's Aid Organisation (WAO)

Location: Petaling Jaya, Selangor - Malaysia
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Sumitra Visvanathan
Petaling Jaya, Selangor Malaysia
$50,096 raised of $80,000 goal
425 donations
$29,904 to go
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