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Engaging Victims of Intimate Partner Violence course

Engaging Victims of Intimate Partner Violence course

About the Course

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) refers to physical violence, sexual violence, stalking, psychological aggression, and control of reproductive or sexual health by a current or former intimate partner.

This course aims to equip counsellors/social workers with the knowledge about the dynamics of IPV and skills competency on how to engage and empower the victims to bring about changes. 

The course will also be skill-based oriented, aiming to help upskill counsellors'/social workers' practice on how to weave in psychoeducation topics into their counselling, besides assessing risks and developing safety plans with the victims. This course therefore aims to bring a higher level of competency and confidence of practitioners  in handling victims of IPV. 



  • Learners need to have at least 1 year of social work/counselling experience

Course Outline

  • Definition of Intimate Partner Violence and legislation to protect against it

  • Reasons why victim stays

  • Cycle of Violence

  • Treatment model and Crisis intervention

  • Short and long-term counselling

  • Entrapment Theory

  • Coercive control and resistance

  • Response-based Approach Models (Strengths-based mode, insights model, CBP model, Empowerment model)

  • Detailed step-by-step process on how to engage and support the victim

  • Engage the victim using psychoeducation and counselling:

    • Safety plan formulation, identifying cues, managing anger, power and control wheel

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the dynamics of intimate partner violence

  • Apply the treatment model of working with victims of intimate partner violence

  • Use psycho-education and counselling to engage and empower the victims.

Who Should Attend

The course aims to upskill social workers working in social service agencies, family service centres, and in the social service sector.

Applicants for this course are recommended to have completed SSI's course on Management of Family Violence: Introduction or its equivalent.


Trainees who meet 75% class attendance and achieve “Competent” for all assessments will be issued a Statement of Attainment (SOA) awarded by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG).

Course Description

Your Trainer

Ms Seah Kheng Yeow

Ms Seah Kheng Yeow

Seah Kheng Yeow graduated with a degree in social work and master’s in counselling. She was formerly the head, family development and community relations with Promoting Alternatives to Violence (PAVE) and executive director with Fei Yue Family Service Centre (FYFSC) where she is currently serving as the vice president. She also chairs in the Multi-disciplinary team (MDT) for Heart@Fei Yue, a Child Protection Specialist Centre and sits in the Legal Aid and the Means Test Panel.

She is an educator and advocate and has more than 25 years of experience in counselling. She conducts training programmes locally and for non-government organisations (NGOs) in Asia and was awarded the Outstanding Social Worker Award in 2009. She is now a freelance consultant and provides clinical supervision to social service agencies (SSAs) as well as training to SSI and other organisations. She has been certified as a Master Practice Leader by MSF and has been working to build the capability of Family Service Centres (FSCs) in Singapore.


Daphne Koh, Social Worker

Kheng Yeow is a very engaging and knowledgeable about violence work. It's been a joy and privilege to learn form her. Favourite part was role play.

Tiffany Wong, Social Work Associate

Very insightful and the trainer uses her own experience with clients to relate to the materials. The course is helpful in my line of work and I learnt a lot to empower my clients.

Wong Ji-en, Social Worker

The course is helpful in my course of work. I am better equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to support mu clients who are experiencing family violence.

Check Course Fees:

Total Course Fees 


After 70% SSG Subsidy*


Please note that fees are before GST.

For self-sponsored applicants, SkillsFuture Credits can be used to further offset nett fees after funding.

*SkillsFuture Singapore funding at 70% per pax for Singaporeans/PR only.

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Enquiries about the course?

Contact Us

Ms Rexanne Yap / 6593 5283

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