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Number of Women and Children Seeking Help From Family Service Centres and Family Violence Specialist Centres

Type: Parliamentary Questions

Topic(s): Protection from Domestic Violence


Mr Zhulkarnain Abdul Rahim asked the Minister for Social and Family Development for the past three years broken down on a yearly basis (a) what is the number of cases of women and their children who have sought help from Family Service Centres and Family Violence Specialist Centres and received shelter; (b) what is the average duration of their stay at these shelters; and (c) what is the proportion of them that move on to either rental housing or transitional shelters upon discharge from these shelters.

Answer


1. Persons experiencing family violence may seek help from the Family Service Centres (FSC) and Family Violence Specialist Centres (FVSC). Where the safety risk is high or there is no safe and suitable alternative accommodation option, FSCs, FVSCs, and the Police can refer women and children facing violence to community-based crisis shelters for temporary accommodation, while social service professionals work through safety plans and longer-term housing arrangements with them.

2. The crisis shelters do not track the source of the referrals, although a majority of their residents are known to either FSCs or FVSCs. On average, crisis shelters take in about 180 family violence cases each year. The average duration of stay for residents in the crisis shelters was as follows

 

Year of discharge from crisis shelter

2018

2019

2020

Average duration of stay in crisis shelter / months

6

4

4

 

3. Residents are discharged from crisis shelters when they have found alternative safe accommodation. Many stay with their families and friends, or return to their own flats. A small proportion go on to reside in public rental housing or transitional shelters

Discharged to*

Year of discharge from crisis shelter

2018

2019

2020

Public rental housing

11%

8%

5%

Transitional shelter

1%

3%

2%