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Not speaking up will worsen things

Keeping quiet will only make domestic violence worse, said Dr Carol Balhetchet, senior director for youth services at the Singapore Children's Society.

"By keeping quiet, it sends a message to the perpetrator to carry on the violence at home. The acts will also become harder, stronger and more serious," she said.

She added that most victims tend to spiral into denial and cling onto false hope that the violence will stop.

"This is a form of survival. You think that tomorrow will be better," Dr Balhetchet said. She also said that victims can turn to family service centres for help.

"You should confide in someone you trust or a counsellor.

"Let them know your problems so they can advise and help you."

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