What is “Family Violence”?

by | May 27, 2016 | Knowledge & Insights

What is Family Violence?

  • Family Violence is defined in the Women’s Charter as one of the following acts:
    • Wilfully or knowingly placing or attempting to place a family member in fear of hurt
    • Causing hurt to a family member by such act which is known or ought to have been known would result in hurt
    • Wrongfully confining or restraining a family member against his will
    • Causing continual harassment with intent to cause or knowing that it is likely to cause anguish to a family member
    • This doesn’t include any force lawfully used in self-defence or by way of correction towards a Child below 21 years of age
  • The following persons are regarded as to be family members:
    • Spouse or former spouse of the person
    • Child of the person in question, including an adopted Child and a stepchild;
    • Father or mother of the person in question;
    • Father-in-law or mother-in-law of the person in question;
    • Brother or sister of the person in question; or
    • Any other relative of the person in question
    • Any other person whom the Family Justice Court feels should be regarded as a member of the family because of the person’s incapacity, physical or mental disability, ill-health or old age
About the author

About the author

Jonathan Wong

Jonathan is the Founder and Managing Director of Tembusu Law. He is also the founder of LawGuide Singapore, a prominent legaltech startup which successfully created and launched Singapore’s first legal chatbot in 2017.