It Changed My Life

It Changed My Life: Don't let violence ruin your life, says lifeguard whose marriage ended due to physical abuse

Lifeguard now helps other men to end physical abuse after it cost him his marriage

Mr Job Li Ji Hua was once physically violent towards his wife, which cost him his marriage. Today, he is an active volunteer at Pave, a centre for promoting alternatives to violence.
Mr Job Li who regrets hitting his wife in an incident a few years ago is an active volunteer at Pave, Singapore's pioneer family violence specialist centre, co-chairing counselling sessions where he shares his experiences with other men who are viole
Mr Job Li who regrets hitting his wife in an incident a few years ago is an active volunteer at Pave, Singapore's pioneer family violence specialist centre, co-chairing counselling sessions where he shares his experiences with other men who are violent with their spouses and loved ones.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

With his clean-shaven head, Job Li would make a believable Shaolin monk in a gongfu movie.

Sturdily built and tanned from his job as a lifeguard on Pulau Tekong, the 56-year-old looks like a man not to be trifled with.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 27, 2019, with the headline 'Don't let violence ruin your life'. Subscribe