Abuse of the Malaysian Elderly: An Analysis on the Adequacy and Suitability of the Domestic Violence Act 1994 (Act 521) to Protect the Elderly Victim

Bidin, Asiah and Mohd Yusoff, Jal Zabdi (2015) Abuse of the Malaysian Elderly: An Analysis on the Adequacy and Suitability of the Domestic Violence Act 1994 (Act 521) to Protect the Elderly Victim. Journal of Management Research, 7 (2). pp. 71-81. ISSN 1941-899X

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Abstract

Abuse of the elderly is not a new issue at the international level. It is seen as a serious social problem that is a growing concern. A number of countries have enacted specific legal mechanisms to address and prevent the problem. In Malaysia, the abuse of the elderly is recognized as a form of domestic violence. The legislation dealing with matters pertaining to domestic violence is Domestic Violence Act 1994 (Act 521) which is to be read together with Penal Code. The Domestic Violence Act (DVA) becomes the main legislation which gives protection and provides civil remedies to the abused victims while the Penal Code concerns with penalizing the abuser. Despite the growing literature on the issue of elder abuse in Malaysia, little has been written on the legal protections offered by the DVA to the elderly victims. This paper aims to explore the adequacy of civil remedies given to the abused elderly as provided for under the DVA and further analyses on the adequacy and suitability of the Act in protecting the elderly victims from abuse. Keywords: Abuse, Elderly, Law, Protection, Domestic Violence Act 1994, Malaysia

Item Type: Article
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Law, Accountancy & International Relations
Depositing User: Mrs Asiah Bidin
Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2015 03:00
Last Modified: 29 Dec 2015 03:00
URI: http://erep.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/4276

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