Date: 23 November 2018
Venue: The Grassroots Club
About the event:
In conjunction with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW), PAVE held its biennial research seminar to share new and interesting insights about Family Violence work. Dr Kanwaljit Soin, former Nominated Member of Parliament, graced the event as the Guest of Honour. About 150 key stakeholders and partners from Legal Aid Bureau, Family Justice Courts, Singapore Prisons Service, Singapore Police Force, Ministry of Social and Family Development, hospitals, schools, and other voluntary welfare organizations attended the half-day seminar.
Before the paper presentations, the Seminar started with a soulful rendition of John Denver’s “Perhaps Love” for the launch of PAVE’s very own book “When Love Hurts: Stories of women, men and children learning to end the violence in their lives”. These true stories of pain, shame, courage, change and most importantly, hope, are aimed to inspire others suffering in silence that help is available.
Following this, there were four presentations, starting with a review of a two-year joint initiative between PAVE and the Legal Aid Bureau which showed how collaboration made the process seamless for mutual clients. With Singapore’s new Vulnerable Adults in place, PAVE shared its experience in developing and using a structured tool to respond better to these group of clients who require more attention. The third presentation relooked at PAVE’s family violence programme and highlighted how PAVE is broadening its scope. The concluding presentation was a sharing of PAVE’s unique experience in delivering the Mandatory Parenting Programme to divorcing couples with violence issues. The dialogue session that ensued saw a rich, dynamic conversation on issues revolving around Family Violence. The event was well-received on all grounds.