“What’s Love Got to Do with It?” Ladies Wing of SMA presents a Talk on Interpersonal Violence


Violence has devastating consequences. The scars it leaves on the victims are irascible lasting a life time. It not only affects their general wellbeing but also impacts the society in myriad ways.

Dr Sudha Nair in Singapore has done immense work on Interpersonal violence. She started the organisation called PAVE (Centre for Promoting Alternatives to Violence) She started off her social work journey in 1986 at Ang Mo Kio FSC and currently serves as the Executive Director of PAVE, the first family violence specialist agency. She has a deep interest in issues related to the welfare of women and children and is fondly known as the “Jane Addams of Singapore”. In her journey as a social worker, she has had significant positive impact on many social services and public policies. Dr Nair was appointed to the Public Service Commission, a body that plays an important role in the Singapore Public Service. Her contributions to the social service sector won her the Outstanding Social Worker Award in 1998 and was conferred the Public Service Medal (PBM) in 2017. She is also the recipient of Her World Woman of the Year award in 2016. Dr Nair received her doctorate in social work from the National University of Singapore in 2006.

Ladies Wing of SMA (Singapore Malayalee Association) is presenting a Talk by Dr Sudha Nair about her work.

“What’s Love Got to Do with It?” Talk on helping individuals and families address violence behind closed doors.

Date: Sat, Oct 27

Time: 3 to 5 pm

Venue: Hall at SMA, 44 Race Course Road, Singapore:218558

Admission: Free; All are welcome

Do kindly register: https://tinyurl.com/y8suyp5q / 9630 6170

Talk is in English

Synopsis of the Talk

Gender based violence is perhaps the best kept secret in the world. Survivors of violence for reasons of shame, doubt, fear of the loss of family, have chosen not to speak or get help about the various acts of violence perpetrated on them. For violence to end perpetrators need to learn respectful ways of behaving with the family members who expect protection from them. Why does one hurt the one they love?

This session will explore what violence is, why survivors, stay, why perpetrators behave the way they do and what kind of help is available. It will also focus on child witnesses of violence and how it has a lifelong impact on them.

The talk with be peppered with real life stories of men, women and children who have reached out and sought help and have since moved on