Many facets to domestic violence

Advertisements promoting awareness of family violence usually display physical violence, which may cause some to think that only physical violence counts as domestic violence.

In fact, family violence can also manifest itself in emotional, economic and sexual abuse.

Perhaps, in future, posters can be more representative of the various forms of family violence.

Alternatively, they can be based on images of physical violence, but have the tagline: "It's not just physical injury."

The Ministry of Social and Family Development's website lists helplines for individuals who may need help.

Perhaps it could also list symptoms of the various acts of family violence, so individuals know when they have been violated and to seek help.

Together, we can make every home a safe home.

Jacelyn Chia Yee Fang (Miss), 19

Third-year polytechnic student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 06, 2016, with the headline 'Many facets to domestic violence'. Print Edition | Subscribe