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SINGAPORE — Reports of family violence have been on the rise in Singapore since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
For Part 2 of our feature on the issue, I spoke with Kristine Lam, the lead social worker at Care Corner Project StART. She spoke about what victims of abuse have been going through during this period and the efforts being taken to reach out to them.
While this interview was conducted before the circuit breaker ended on 1 June, much of the information still applies as many victims remained trapped at home with their abusers even as Singapore reopens.
If you’re in need of help, or know someone who is, you can contact these resources:
The 24/17 National Care Hotline: 6202-6868
Big Love Child Protection Specialist Centre: 6445-0400
HEART @ Fei Yue Child Protection Specialist Centre: 6819-9170
PAVE Integrated Services for Individual and Family Protection: 6555-0390
Project StART: 6476-1482
TRANS SAFE Centre: 6449-9088
You can also use this Family Service Centre (FSC) E-Locator service to find the nearest FSC to your home.
For those who need immediate help, you can also discretely contact the police by sending an SMS text message to 71999.