Personal Protection Order
About Personal Protection Order (PPO)
Domestic violence, unreasonable behaviour and any actions that can impose harm to the family are not being tolerated under the Singapore Family Law. Through the Women’s Charter, A Personal Protection Order (PPO) was established to allow a family member who has been subjected to abuse or other forms of domestic violence to file a legal case. Based on the Women’s Charter, a Personal Protection Order can be filed when family violence is present. Many men and women are given Personal Protection Orders each year and you should be aware that victims are given protection by Singaporean law. If family violence was perpetrated or is likely to be committed against a family member, and a Personal Protection Order is required to ensure the family member’s safety, the court will issue one.
Here are some of the inclusions to family violence:
- Putting any of the family members in fear of getting hurt, whether through threats or actual display of violence
- Physical, emotional or psychological abuse
- Illegally detaining a family member or preventing them to communicate with other people
- Continual harassment of any family members
You may experience such family violence knowingly or even unknowingly. After reading this, if you have been subjected to this type of violence from a member of your family, you can file a Personal Protection Order to have the court legally intervene in the family matters. A Personal Protection Order is given by the court only if the court is satisfied that such an order is required to prevent further harm to the victim/s. As a result, you will be protected by the law from harassment and violence that no one should ever experience.
If the perpetrator breaches the order and the victim is harmed, a police report must be made. The perpetrator may be arrested and charged for the offence.
What are the types of PPO?
There are three types of personal protection orders that a family member can file in court towards another family member. They are as follows:
– This is the general order that aims to stop the accused from inflicting harm to the victim. It must be filed before the other two types.
– An urgent but temporary restraining order given by the court to put a stop to family violence. It expires after 28 days.
Domestic Exclusion Order
– This is an order to stop the accused from entering the house of the victim in accordance with the personal protection policies.
How To Apply for Personal Protection Order?
Here’s a simple guide on how to apply for a personal protection order in Singapore:
Step 1: File a complaint form prior to attending the court for the proceedings. This is the formal way to file for PPO. You will be asked to show medical or police reports to support your complaint.
Step 2: The PPO judge will assess whether there is sufficient evidence of family violence within the application you submitted. The trial will proceed depending on the judge’s distinction.
Step 3: The court proceedings shall resume. Thus, the court will discuss the extent of family violence and the legal actions that must be done to prevent it from worsening the life of the victim.
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What Should I Do If I’m Abused?
Family conflicts and disagreements, which occur in marriage and family life, are not considered to be a form of family violence. Based on Singapore Family Law, any violent, coercive, or dominating behaviour within the family is considered family violence. Physical injury, long-term emotional and psychological abuse and sexual assault are all examples of family violence. Family violence also includes failing to provide for the basic requirements of aged or vulnerable family members, such as food and clothing, or denying them access to essential medical treatment. Should you be experiencing these conditions or you have a friend or a relative that experiences one, applying for a Personal Protection Order in Singapore is necessary. You may talk to our family lawyers here at Aspect Law Chambers should you feel the need for a Personal Protection Order and we can help you apply for it in the court.