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API Care and Counselling, the community outreach arm of the Asian Pastoral Institute (API), is proud to organise this workshop to help you understand the consequences of family violence and the role of first responders to an on-going family violence situation.

Statistics have shown that family violence or abuse happens to people of all ages, races, religions, and occupational and educational backgrounds. Thirty percent of Singaporeans report experience of such abuse, or that someone close to them has experienced it (The Straits Times, 10 Dec 2019). In 2020, there was a 22% increase in family violence since the start of the circuit breaker (Channel News Asia, 14 May 2020). 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/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.


  • 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


  • 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 (e.g., individuals working in health, justice, human services, and education)
  • Community members who have a role to play in preventing violence before it occurs (e.g., community workers, grassroot volunteers, religious leaders, neighbours, etc.)


JOSEPH CHAN, Master of Social Work and MA in Pastoral Studies

Online Workshop: Breaking the Silence! - An Introduction to Family Violence Management

Joseph 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 that cultivate good relationships build strong families which, in turn, develop strong communities.






  1. Your place in the workshop will only be secured when payment is received.
  2. Payment of $30 per person can be made through PayNow with the following details:
    • UEN: 201512004RACC (Asian Pastoral Institute)
    • Reference Code: <Payer’s Name> FVM
    • Send the screenshot of successful payment to [email protected]
  3. Payment needs to be received at least 7 working days before the workshop.
  4. Group discount is available for charitable organisations.
  5. Please contact the organiser for more enquiries.
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