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FAMILY VIOLENCE AT HULLET ROAD, POLICE CLARIFIES INCIDENT

A Twitter user going by the name of @jsslym made accusations on her account that “the police are not helping” after an incident of family violence.

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Jess claims that her “parents are abusive” in her tweet but the post was soon deleted after it went viral.

Screenshot of her tweet:

The Police were alerted to the incident and the Singapore Police Force has since posted a clarification earlier today of the incident on Facebook

Here is what the Police said:

[CLARIFICATIONS ON FAMILY VIOLENCE INCIDENT]

The Police are aware of several tweets by “jssylm” regarding an alleged family violence incident.

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At about 6.45pm on 27 December 2021, the Police received a call for assistance at a residential unit along Hullet Road.

When officers arrived, it was established that there had been a dispute and tussle between a mother and daughter over the use of a washing machine. The tussle purportedly resulted in some superficial scratches on the arms of both mother and daughter. The officers interviewed the mother and daughter on the incident separately, and offered to call in an ambulance. However, both parties declined any medical assistance. The officers advised both parties not to resort to violence against each other, and to reach out to the Police if the situation escalates.

Officers also spoke to the father when he returned home. The father assured the officers that he would follow up to manage the family issue, and said that he would make arrangements to separate the daughter from her mother if required. Based on the Police’s records, this was the first time the family had called for police assistance.

The Police maintained contact with the family after the incident. The Police spoke to the daughter over the phone on 30 December 2021 and 7 January 2022, and met her on 9 January 2022 to check in with her on the family situation and her well-being. The Police also checked in separately with the mother on 29 December 2021 and 6 January 2022. Both parties did not raise any further concerns or issues during their respective engagements, and informed officers that there were no other incidents since officers attended to the family dispute on 27 December 2021.

During the engagement with each party, the Police also suggested that they be referred to a Family Service Centre (FSC) for counselling and mediation. Both parties accepted this suggestion. The Police have since referred the case to an FSC, and a social worker from the FSC has reached out to the daughter. The Police have also provided the daughter with the contact details of a police officer whom she can contact directly, if required.

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MSF spoke to the daughter on 5 January 2022 to check in on her situation. MSF assessed that the daughter was not in imminent danger and referred her and her family to an FSC. MSF will work with the FSC to provide the necessary support and assistance to the daughter and family.

If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, please call the National Anti-Violence Helpline on 1800-777-0000. For urgent cases that require immediate assistance, please call the police on 999 or SMS 71999.

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