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Why we need to protect victims who refuse to report abusers, even when lives are in danger

Bonds of love – coupled with fear and shame – stop them from seeking help against an abusive family member. Proposed moves under the Women’s Charter (Family Violence and Other Matters) (Amendment) Bill will boost their protection and enhance rehabilitation of perpetrators.

The bonds of love, coupled with feelings of fear, guilt and shame, often keep victims trapped in the cycle of violence. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: TNP FILE
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SINGAPORE - A mother in her 70s has been repeatedly hit, choked and threatened with death by her son when she does not give him money or give in to his other demands.

Her neighbours called the police out of concern, and social workers found bruises all over her body. But she refuses to apply for a personal protection order (PPO) – a court order restraining her son from committing violence against her.

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