Domestic Violence Singapore Statistics
According to the Minister of Social and Family Development Mr Desmond Lee, there were more than 400 cases of domestic violence against women above the age of 50 every year from 2014 to 2016.
There were 480 applications for personal protection orders (PPO) in 2014 by women above the age of 50 in 2014. The number dipped to 465 in 2015 and 432 in 2016.
75% of all applications for PPOs were made by women from 2014 to 2016. An average 2,800 PPO complaints were made each year during this period.
In 2016, the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) launched the Break the Silence/ Against Family Violence campaign which focused on equipping bystanders to intervene when necessary. Awareness was also raised through social media and road shows.
Domestic violence victims are assisted by programmes such as the Family Service Centres and Family Violence Specialist Centres.
The biggest challenge facing the MSF comes in the form of victims who suffer in silence. A MSF survey shows that 40% of respondents feared reporting domestic violence would break up the matter and hold back in doing so. One third of respondents were not sure about the definition of domestic violence and what domestic violence entails. They also did not know where to seek help.
See: Sulaiman Daud, “More than 400 cases of domestic violence against older women per year since 2014: Desmond Lee”, Mothership, 3 October 2017
The domestic violence Singapore statistics show that more can be done to stop domestic violence in Singapore. If you are a victim of domestic violence in Singapore, or if you had been wrongly accused of committing domestic violence in Singapore, contact us today for immediate assistance!
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