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Why we need to protect victims who refuse to report abusers, even when lives are in danger

SINGAPORE – A mother in her 70s has been repeatedly hit, choked and threatened with death by her son when she does not give him money or give in to his other demands.

Her neighbours called the police out of concern, and social workers found bruises all over her body. But she refuses to apply for a personal protection order (PPO) – a court order restraining her son from committing violence against her.

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