On The Mic: Dealing with family violence during the COVID-19 pandemic (Part 2)

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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.

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