Centre reports rise in child abuse cases within family


Posed photo showing a child covering his ears while looking down. Child abuse is often not just about physical violence, it can also include emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.
Posed photo showing a child covering his ears while looking down. Child abuse is often not just about physical violence, it can also include emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Child abuse in families is on the rise in Singapore, said Big Love Child Protection Specialist Centre, and the proposed changes to the law to mete out tougher penalties to child abusers is just one of the ways to tackle the growing number of cases.

The centre has seen the overall numbers of abuse by a family member climb to 367 cases between April 2017 and March 2018, up from 252 cases in the April 2016 to March 2017 period, and 177 cases in the same period before that.

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