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What Is Family Violence?


Family violence isn't just fighting, or an occasional mean argument. The abuser may control the victim through threats, bullying, and physical violence.

The family is the basic unit of society. When violence takes place within the family, the impact is felt by everyone and there can be alarming consequences. Singapore takes a serious view of violence in any form – the community and the government will step in to provide protection to victims of violence and to address the offending behaviour.

Family violence is any violent, threatening or controlling behaviour that occurs within the family. This includes not only physical injury but direct threats, sexual assault, emotional and psychological distress, damage to property, forced restraint, being forced to avoid friends and family members and any behaviour which causes a person to live in fear. It occurs within a variety of close relationships, such as between spouses, parents and children, siblings and relatives.