I was greatly saddened after reading the article, "Sinda concerned over family violence in Indian community" (last Monday).
Family violence is a social issue that seems to be increasing in prevalence within the Indian community.
The article said alcohol is a key factor in cases of abuse.
Other factors may come from outside the family - society or the community may have fostered the attitude that aggression or assault is permissible in a household.
More worrying is the abuse of elderly people and children. Many victims do not report their abuse and do not seek help.
I hope we can encourage families to step forward and ask for help.
To address this problem, we must strengthen our community spirit.
It is important for everyone to know of the damaging effects of family violence. Families need to be equipped to take preventive measures and create a safe environment for their members.
We need experts and counsellors with experience in domestic violence to conduct workshops on the issue.
We can reach out to children in abusive families through talks in schools, and tell them of ways to get help. We must send the message that keeping silent will not solve the problem.
The message can also be broadcast on television and radio, and published in Tamil newspapers.
The Government should channel more funds to help victims of domestic violence. Court cases should be speeded up so victims can get justice quickly.
Sinda has been trying its best to educate the public but more can be achieved if everyone supports its efforts too.
This article was published on Aug 11 in The Straits Times.
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