Ignoring domestic violence produces "frog-boiling effect" police strengthen response to local domestic violence cases

(Morning News) Choose to forgive or forget, hoping that the abuser will one day stop the domestic violence. Over time, there will be a "boiled frog effect", so that he is deep in the quagmire of domestic violence such as emotions, speech and limbs. Lan Huiqun, chief social worker of the

Care Agency, told the media at a police press conference that during the epidemic, everyone stayed at home for a long time, which indirectly exacerbated family conflicts and tensions. During this period, the number of people who asked social workers to move out of their homes had a clear upward trend. " When there is a disagreement, the abuser often does not choose to communicate, discuss or negotiate, but instead uses intimidation, humiliation, physical violence and other means to easily achieve personal goals. "

According to the data of domestic violence cases in the past three years provided by the police, the police received 2,603 reports in the first six months of this year, 2,560 the year before last year and 2,638 last year, which shows that domestic violence has gradually become a hidden danger of concern.

Tough law enforcement and charging perpetrators may not be the best way to solve domestic violence. Senior Constable Wong Pin, Crime Prevention Constable of the Bedok Police Station, Chief Cao said that since its establishment in June last year, the Police Training Workgroup has stepped up training for frontline officers on how to better engage and deal with victims, and it is expected that all frontline police officers will receive relevant special training by the end of this year.

He said that the members of the working group come from different backgrounds, such as family service centres, the Singapore Council of Women's Organizations, crisis shelters and family justice courts. The team will simulate scenarios in the training sessions to strengthen their coping skills, as well as understand how to identify clues of domestic violence, as well as the potential psychological situation of the audience.

From July this year, officers from the Community Patrol Team of 34 neighborhood police stations across the island will also be responsible for becoming domestic violence community patrol officers, responsible for managing and coordinating domestic violence crime cases, and reporting high-risk cases to social services agencies, early intervention to address the root causes of domestic violence.

The police also cooperated with local social service agencies to launch a domestic violence information guide, covering the definition and characteristics of domestic violence, how to apply for a protection order, and anti-violence and sexual harassment helplines and other social help resources. The domestic violence information guide has been distributed on a trial basis at the Central Police Station and Ang Mo Kiu Police Station, and is expected to be gradually rolled out to the Internet in June next year, as well as all neighborhood police stations and police posts.

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