RECENTLY-released figures show about 80 per cent of women have witnessed some sort of violence in the home and 66 per cent have been physically abused by their partners at some time in their relationship.
The figures were released by Empower Pacific.
CEO Patrick Morgam said there was a lack of reporting abuse against women and children, possibly because of the pressure of keeping the family together or thinking that these issues were private and should not be spoken about in the open.
"Some of the steps we can take in eliminating gender-based violence is breaking the cycle of silence," he said.
To further develop counselling and social work staff skills in empowering clients to break the cycle of silence, a workshop was facilitated for Empower Pacific staff last week.
Goodwill Ambassador for Women Nazhat Shameem was present at the workshop to help the staff on the issues concerned and identify how current laws impacted gender equality and women's human rights.
Social worker Arti Ram said she felt honoured that someone of Mrs Shameem's stature had personally spoken to the workers.
"I now feel confident in my knowledge of the law to be able to provide basic information to clients to empower them to make informed decisions regarding their safety and welfare."