Dealing with domestic violence can be a traumatic experience, and it’s not uncommon to feel helpless and unsure of what to do. If you or someone you know is facing abuse or harassment, seeking legal protection may be necessary. In Singapore, a Personal Protection Order (“PPO”) is a legal remedy available to victims of domestic violence. This court order prohibits the abuser from further violence, harassment, or intimidation and can provide the victim with the necessary protection.

As an experienced family lawyer in Singapore, I have seen the devastating effects of domestic violence and the importance of seeking legal protection. In this article, I will provide a step-by-step guide on how to apply for a PPO in Singapore and offer some insights into the legal process.


What is a Personal Protection Order (PPO)?

A PPO is a court order that aims to protect a person from further violence, harassment, or intimidation by a family member or someone in a close relationship. Under the Women’s Charter, a person can apply for a PPO if they are facing physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, or if they fear for their safety or that of their child’s. The court order can prevent the abuser from contacting the victim, entering the victim’s residence, and approaching the victim or their child.


Step-by-Step Guide to Applying for a PPO in Singapore

Step 1: Contact a Lawyer or Family Service Centre

The first step in applying for a PPO is to seek legal advice from a family lawyer or a family service centre. A family service centre can provide support services, including counselling and temporary shelter. They can also guide you through the process of obtaining a PPO.


Step 2: File an Application at the Family Justice Courts

Once you have received legal advice, you can proceed to file an application for a PPO at the Family Justice Courts. You will need to fill out the necessary forms and provide evidence to support your application. The evidence may include medical reports, police reports, or witness statements.


Step 3: Attend the Mediation and Court Hearing

After you have filed your application, the court will schedule a mediation session to discuss the matter with the parties involved. The mediator will aim to help the parties reach a settlement without the need for a court hearing. If a settlement is not reached, the matter will proceed to a court hearing.

At the court hearing, both parties will present their case before the judge. The judge will consider the evidence presented and make a decision on whether to grant the PPO. The PPO can last for up to 12 months, and it may be extended if necessary.


Step 4: Enforcement of the PPO

If the PPO is granted, the abuser must comply with the court order. If the abuser breaches the PPO, the victim can report it to the police, and the abuser may face criminal charges. The victim may also apply for a variation of the PPO if they require additional protection or if there is a change in circumstances.



Applying for a PPO in Singapore can be a complex and emotional process. It’s crucial to seek legal advice and support from a family lawyer or family service centre to guide you through the process. Remember that you are not alone, and there is help available.

As an experienced family lawyer in Singapore, I am committed to helping victims of domestic violence seek legal protection and support. If you or someone you know is facing abuse or harassment, don’t hesitate to contact me for legal advice and assistance.

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