Most people assume that in Singapore, family violence only involves physical violence.  This is not correct.

If you are a victim of family violence, you should apply for a Personal Protection Order by either going to the Family Court to file your complaint or engaging a family lawyer to act for you.

Most people assume that in Singapore, family violence only involves physical violence.  This is not correct.

Family violence in Singapore also includes verbal abuse.

According to section 64 of the Women’s Charter (Cap 353), “family violence” is defined as follows:

  • Wilfully or knowingly placing, or attempting to place, a family member in fear of hurt;
  • Causing hurt to a family member by such act which is known or ought to have been known would result in hurt;
  • Wrongfully confining or restraining a family member against his will; or
  • Causing continual harassment with intent to cause or knowing that it is likely to cause anguish to a family member.

The following are examples of acts of family violence (the list is not exhaustive):

Psychological abuse

  • Threatening the person or threatening to take away something that is important to them;
  • Insulting or humiliating a person;
  • Screaming or harassing a person;
  • Intimating or mocking a person;
  • Emotional blackmail;
  • Demeaning a person in private or in public;
  • Hostility including isolating or ignoring a person;
  • Controlling a person (emotionally or physically);
  • Confining a person within a place or stopping a person from going anywhere.

Physical abuse

  • Physical acts such as slapping, punching, pinching, kicking, choking, pushing, bruising or hitting a person with objects;
  • Deprivation or denial of one’s basic needs such as food, water, sleep, shelter or medicine;
  • Sexual abuse like forcing one to do something sexual without one’s consent.



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