The Covid-19 pandemic has unearthed several ugly truths in the past month. Our clear addiction to bubble tea, McDonalds and the inability to follow instructions (oh come on, the Circuit Breaker has been enforced for a reason).
But that’s not all. Severe issues like cramped migrant dorms, increased xenophobic crimes overseas and now, victims of home abuse are out in the light.
On a regular day, going home to a violent spouse or abusive parent is already hell. But imagine being cooped up 24/7 in a home that’s filled with frustration and brooding violence.
So before you go on your rant about the lack of tapioca pearls in your daily diet, think about those who are living in unsafe spaces. And if you hear and witness any sort of violence being committed, don’t just kaypoh by your window.
Call these hotlines to help your neighbour – you never know, but you could possibly be saving a life. But before that, if you know that a child or someone may be in great danger, do not hesitate to call the police and the civil defense force.
The Association of Women for Action and Research has been dedicated to helping women and underprivileged individuals since 1985.
The non-profit organisation has a hotline specifically to deal with family violence. Call 1800 777 5555 if you are or someone you know is experiencing family violence and need someone to talk to.
MSF – National Care Hotline
In light of the Circuit Breaker measures, the government has set up a 24/7 helpline for residents through the Ministry of Social and Family Development. This hotline offers emotional support to anyone who has been affected by the pandemic (financially or emotionally). From there, the hotline officers will counsel or direct callers to the right channels.
Call 6202-6868 if you know of someone who needs help.
Pave is a non-profit organisation that focuses on domestic welfare and abuse. Their main goal: To promote public awareness and community responsibility of multi-stressed or dysfunctional families and intra/interpersonal violence.
If you know someone who is experiencing violence or unwarranted stress at home, call 65550390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Samaritans of Singapore is another non-profit organisation that provides Singaporeans with emotional support. They are open 24/7 and trained officers will be available.
Call 1800-221 4444 for help.
The Lion Mind – Counselling & Psychological Services
For something that’s a little less intense, especially if you are feeling depressed because of your family members, The Lion Mind offers zoom counselling workshops and sessions.
Call (+65) 9677 6878 for more information and visit thelionmind.org.sg for zoom sessions.
Note that you should only approach them if you are not in any imminent danger.