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July 31, 2021

online workshop

Abused woman - Photo by Yuris Alhumaydy on Unsplash

Photo by Yuris Alhumaydy on Unsplash.


Statistics have shown that family violence or abuse happens to people of all ages, races, religions, and occupational and educational backgrounds.

30% of Singaporeans reported experiencing such abuse or that someone close to them has experienced it. In 2020, there was a 22% increase in family violence since the start of the circuit breaker.

Many people believe that fighting within a household is “normal” and that it is a private matter between household members. However, not many are aware that family violence has serious physical and mental health consequences for the victim, whether he or she is an adult or a child.

Beyond the household, family violence is also linked to absenteeism and poor performance in the workplace, which may result in social isolation, and housing and financial concerns.

Often, victims of family violence do not know they are in a violent relationship or do not dare to seek help for themselves until it is too late. A greater awareness of family violence can equip us as first responders to an on-going family violence situation.

This workshop will help you understand the consequences of family violence and the role of first responders to an on-going family violence situation.

What participants should expect to learn:

  • Foundational knowledge about what constitutes as “violence” in a family; 
  • Develop an accurate understanding of family violence and dispel common myths;
  • Understanding the social dynamics at play in family violence;
  • Prevent, identify and respond to family violence against vulnerable populations.

Who should attend:

  • Professionals who are new to domestic and family violence work;
  • People who may come across victim survivors or perpetrators of family violence in their line of work (eg individuals working in health, justice, human services and education);
  • Community members who have a role to play in preventing violence before it occurs (eg community workers, grassroot volunteers, religious leaders, neighbours etc).

About the speaker:
Joseph Chan has worked in the social service sector for more than 20 years.

As a social worker and head of a Family Service Centre, he has seen the impact that conflictual family relationships, addictions and financial issues can have on family life. Between 2016 and 2018, he chaired the Family Violence Work Group for Ang Mo Kio Region under the initiative of the Ministry of Social and Family Development.

Joseph completed his Master of Social Work at the Singapore University of Social Sciences and a Graduate Diploma in Social Work from the National University of Singapore.

He is currently reading a Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counselling at Liberty University. Joseph is a registered social worker and is trained in the Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level 3). He believes that couples who cultivate good relationships build strong families which, in turn, develop strong communities.

Date: July 31, 2021

Time: 1pm-4pm

Cost: $30

Click here to register (closes July 19, 2021)

About the Organiser:
The API Care and Counselling (APICC) is the counselling and community service arm of the Asian Pastoral Institute. Their aim is to care for individuals and the community. Led by a multidisciplinary team of senior counsellors, psychologists and social workers, their unique blend of skills serve to holistically address personal mental health, relationship and family issues.

In addition to counselling services, APICC offers retreats, training and educational workshops. They also organise community building events aimed at promoting resilient and cohesive communities. 

Started in 2019, they have organised numerous events such as Walk-for-Rice, marital preparation and marital enrichment courses for couples, mental well-being workshops and webinars to empower individuals to live more effective lives.

Their supervisory staff are registered practitioners with their respective professional associations in Singapore, and come with years of professional experience. In addition, all their counsellors have at least a master degree in counselling, and participate regularly in community and volunteer programmes. All supervisors and counsellors are equipped to address spiritual concerns as well.