To get out of a violent relationship either as a person who uses violence, a survivor or a child witness of violence takes immense courage. Today November 25th is the International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women. We pay tribute to the Women, Men and Children who showed tremendous courage and strength to end the violence. Theirs is a story of hope, and their belief that there is life after violence. Watch their stories in this video.

When Love Hurts. Stories of Women, Men and Children Learning to End the Violence in Their Lives is available in all bookstores.

When Love Hurts

Proposed changes to POHA to offer more protection to victims of intimate partner violence

If Fong Siew Yin were around today, the impending changes to the legislation to include unmarried women and the LGBTQ community to get protection from abuse and harassment, would probably not make a difference to her. Because Siew Yin as you may remember died in August 2017 from the effects of the most horrific intimate partner violence Singapore has ever seen. But Siew Yin’s story made all of us at PAVE determined to get the law changed for those in an intimate partner relationship. And over the years we documented more and more cases of intimate partner violence and eventually submitted our paper to the REACH when the changes in the Women’s Charter were being proposed in 2015. Although we not successful then, we continued to document and advocate.

Today we see the result of that advocacy. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Minister Shanmugam, the Ministry of Law, Ministry of Home Affairs and the Courts for hearing our concerns and reading our submission.

After 17 years of unrelenting advocacy, PAVE is proud to see these impending changes to the legislation. Please click here to read the article.


  • Your partner/spouse has a low self-esteem,
  • He/she is often obsessively jealous and possessive of you,
  • He/she tends to control your actions or moves. E.g. He/she controls who you meet and what you wear,
  • He/she may have had a history of abusive relationships or his/her parents or family members might have been abusive towards him or her.
  • He/she often has mood swings and/or an explosive temper,
  • He/she isolates you or takes you away from your family, friends, colleagues, etc.
  • He/she is emotionally and verbally abusive,
  • He/she denies the beating/abuse,
  • He/she tends to blame you or others,
  • He/she uses threats of suicide
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, please contact us at 6555 0390 to talk to our social workers, or click here to view the options available to you.


PAVE 20th Anniversary and 10th Dating Violence Awareness Week

8 - 21 February 2019

PAVE 20th Anniversary and 10th Dating Violence Awareness Week

To commemorate PAVE's 20th anniversary and 10th Dating Violence Awareness Week (DVAW), PAVE organized an exhibition on 21 February 2019 in collaboration with *SCAPE, The Treetop.

Straits Times Book Club Night

30 January 2019

Straits Times Book Club Night

PAVE was honoured to be given the opportunity by Straits Times Press to share about our book “When Love Hurts” at the Straits Times Book Club.

PAVE Book Launch

23 November 2018

PAVE Book Launch: When Love Hurts

When Love Hurts, published by Straits Times Press, shares the true-life stories of women, children and men who have sought help at PAVE over the years.

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