What are the legislations that apply to domestic violence cases?

The Domestic Violence Act 1994 (Act 521) (Malay: Akta Keganasan Rumah Tangga 1994 (Akta 521)) provides civil remedies for legal protection and relief to victims of domestic violence whilst criminal law seeks punishment for domestic violence offenders pursuant to the Penal Code (Act 574) (Malay: Kanun Keseksaan (Akta 574)).

There is no specific domestic violence offence under the Penal Code (Act 574). Criminal offences - for example, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, rape, harassment, stalking, criminal damage - are some forms of domestic violence. There are many offences that may apply to violence in a domestic context.

Whatever the circumstances and situation, the law exists to protect the rights of individuals.

You have the option of pursuing a specific course of action against domestic violence.

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