You and your loved ones have the right to feel safe.
If you are experiencing violence or abuse in your relationships, it can be difficult to make the decision to seek help. You may feel scared that the perpetrator would carry out their threats to harm you or your loved ones, and worry about what the future would be like. It is normal to feel this way. There are trained professionals who care about your safety, and will listen to your difficulties and discuss suitable next steps.
Family Service Centres (FSCs) are community-based social services that offer a range of social support services for the public. They can help with financial, parenting, marital, family or personal problems. Anyone – regardless of age, race, language or religion – can get help at the FSC. There are 48 FSCs island-wide, run by social service agencies.
Protection Specialist Centres (PSCs) provide social and emotional support for clients experiencing all forms of violence, including domestic violence and sexual violence. The two PSCs in Singapore are TRANS SAFE Centre and Care Corner Project StART.
You can also approach PAVE Integrated Services for Individual and Family Protection Specialist Centre (ISIFPSC), a one-stop integrated community-based service for individuals and families experiencing violence.
The Family Justice Court
Address: 3 Havelock Square Singapore 059725
Tel: 6435 5471
PAVE Integrated Services for Individual and Family Protection Specialist Centre (ISIFPSC)
Blk 211, Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 #01-1446 Singapore 560211
Blk 305, Yishun Central, #01-175 Singapore 760305
Tel: 6555 0390
Care Corner Project StART
Address: Blk 7A Commonwealth Ave #01-672 Singapore 141007
Tel: 6476 1482
As you prepare to seek professional help, here are some things you can do to keep yourself safe:
Signal for Help
You can use the one-handed gesture, termed the ‘Signal for Help’, to discreetly show that you need help and want someone to check in with you when it is safe to do so. This signal is done by first holding up one hand with the thumb tucked into the palm, and then folding four fingers over the thumb.