In a media interview over the announcement of a third child protection centre in Singapore, the Director of Child Protective Service at the Ministry of Social and Family Development, Carmelia Nathen, said she expect a third facility to cope with the increase in domestic violence cases.

“Right now, each centre handles about 150 cases, and they can actually take about 300 cases a year. Our projection is that there can at least be 900 cases that can be supported in the community, so that works out to three child protection specialist centres.”

Non-profit group Centre for Promoting Alternatives to Violence (PAVE) confirmed the rising trend in domestic violence saying that the number of people being referred and requesting information went up by more than 20% in a year, to more than 1,200 cases in the FY2016. PAVE has since expanded its premises to cater to more clients.

PAVE also confirmed that the number of child abuse cases it handled between April and December 2015, doubled from the same period in 2014.

Singapore families are facing increasing stress and pressure from the rising cost of living and long working hours. Stagnated wages and increasing employment-related worries further compounded the stress level in Singapore. In 2014, the number of elderly committing suicide jumped 60% as compared to 2000, while the number of attempted suicide-related arrests jumped 4.5% in 2014.

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