in pandemic times
During the pandemic, the demand for social workers has become even more critical with an increase in the number of cases.
“There is anxiety over the loss of jobs leading to other social issues, restriction of movement where families being cooped up together may result in more incidents of domestic violence. Some clients have also experienced a loss of income and are unable to come for treatment, ” says Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC)’s Department of Social Work senior community development officer Khalidah Mustapa.
Women’s Centre for Change (WCC) Penang service manager Mangeswary Subramaniam says that she and her colleagues have had to change the way they serve the needs of their clients, especially for domestic violence cases.