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Singapore's Women's Charter Has Been Updated to Expand Definitions of Family Violence

The Women's Charter Amendment Bill - passed on Tuesday 4th July 2023 - signifies the strengthening of legislation to protect survivors of gendered violence in Singapore. Key changes include:

  • Coercive and controlling behaviours are now recognised as a form of abuse.

  • Young survivors will now be able to independently apply for Personal Protection Orders.

  • The Government will have increased power to intervene through the appointment of 'protectors' who are able to issue emergency orders on-site, to aid victims.

  • The intention of the abuser will be removed from consideration in matters of family violence.

The MSF is also considering including financial abuse in their definition of family violence as well as a stand alone Domestic Violence Act to improve protection for those in non-familial relationships.

Read more about the amendments here.


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