Population size: 

5,859,029 [1]

Number of people experiencing domestic abuse each year:

Women who have experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence in their lifetime: 6% [2]

Physical and/or Sexual Intimate Partner Violence in the last 12 months against women:  1% [3]

No research on male victims or other gender identities.

Cost of domestic abuse to the economy each year:

No research.

Estimated % change due to COVID-19:

22% year-on-year increase in domestic abuse cases reported to the police. [4]

Current law and policy:

Singapore is moving in the right direction but there remains much to be desired regarding the public commitment of the government to ending all forms of violence against women and girls

In 2017, the UN Cedaw (Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) committee repeated recommendations that Singapore include in its laws a prohibition against all forms of discrimination against women which was met with a neutral response by the Senior Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Social and Family Development.  

The previous stance on marital rape immunity is slowly being repealed.



[1] Worldometer, “Singapore Population (Live)”, (

[2], [3] Bouhours, B., Cheong, C.W., Bong, B. and Anderson, S., 2013. International Violence Against Women Survey: Final Report on Singapore