Domestic violence has been on the rise in Singapore since the beginning of the circuit breaker period. Though this period has exacerbated the situation by confining families together in a time where financial pressure has been tremendous, domestic violence has been prevalent in Singapore-just like in other countries-even befreo the circuit breaker and continues until today.
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According to World Economic Forum’s latest report, the world still suffers from a 31.4% average gender gap that remains to be bridged. And the world is left poorer by this gender inequality – by a staggering $12 trillion in annual GDP growth to be exact!
Friction between the couple has become worse now that they are together almost all the time, the woman’s social worker, Ms Kristine Lam, told The New Paper.
One of the flashpoints is her husband’s harsh disciplining of their two young children, who stopped going to kindergarten a while ago because of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Stressing that domestic abuse was not limited to women, the study noted that one in four men here are victims of domestic abuse.
The survey was by Ipsos, a global market agency, in collaboration with United Women Singapore, a non-profit organisation for women’s empowerment and gender equality.