Protecting Singapore’s vulnerable: Intimate or close ties pose problems

Those in intimate or close relationships with their abusers can soon find some relief under new laws granting them added protections.

Passed in Parliament earlier this month, the changes recognise victims in these two groups as vulnerable. Their abusers can be given twice the maximum punishment for the crimes of rape, wrongful confinement and causing hurt.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 21, 2019, with the headline 'Intimate or close ties pose problems'. Print Edition | Subscribe