when love hurts

Create on: 23 Aug 2012 at 11:09 AM


Stories of intimate partner violence may be uncommon among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning community in Singapore, but it is very real and often surrounded by silence, fear and isolation. Many victims feel that they are alone and feel trapped in their situations. They also thought that there is no way out of violent relationships, especially if their relationships are kept secret from others or risk running into legal complications. Being such a taboo topic in the LGBTQ community, few would know or believe that a man or a woman could be abused by partner of the same gender.

Join us at this community talk and learnt more about the issues related to same sex intimate partner violence from our invited speaker, Ms Serene Tan from CareCorner Project StART.

Event Detail

Date: 29 September 2012

Time: 2.00pm to 4.30pm

Venue: To be emailed to registered participants

REGISTER HERE BY 27 SEPTEMBER 2012


Presentation Outline
This talk will cover the following topics:
- Definition of Intimate Partner Violence
- Myths of Intimate Partner Violence
- Types of Intimate Partner Violence
- Types of Intimate Partner Violence specific to same sex relationship or involving partner living with HIV.
- Coping with a violent partner
- Recovering from violent relationship
- Supporting someone who is in a violent relationship.
- Resources available in Singapore

About the speaker
Serene Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2003 with a Bachelors of Social Sciences (Honours) majoring in Social Work. Serene has experience working with multi-stressed families and individuals under the family services setting immediately after her graduation. Following, Serene also spent four years working as a Medical Social Worker working with crisis cases as well as cases needing intensive case management. Serene has also acquired the Diploma in Counselling Practice with the Counselling and Care Centre in 2008.

Currently, Serene practices as a Senior Social Worker with the Care Corner Project StART, specializing in family violence case management and mandatory counseling for both abused victims and perpetrators of family violence. At Project StART, Serene together with her colleagues endeavour to stop abusive relationships together with the family and the community key stakeholders and to bring forth respect and care for each other in the family and in the community.

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