In­no­cent peo­ple ‘at risk’

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“This is a sit­u­a­tion that can­not go un­chal­lenged since gun vi­o­lence can re­sult in in­no­cent peo­ple be­ing in­jured or killed as a re­sult of feud­ing gang mem­bers.”

He said sev­eral fac­tors had been iden­ti­fied as re­spon­si­ble for the in­creased crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity.

“The re­search con­ducted within the past year iden­ti­fied sev­eral crim­i­nal risk fac­tors that span all sec­tors in Bar­ba­dos. When these risk fac­tors were ranked ac­cord­ing to fre­quency, the break­down of the fam­ily, poor par­ent­ing, drug abuse and a lack of pos­i­tive role mod­els were iden­ti­fied as the pri­mary con­tribut­ing fac­tors.”

Brath­waite pointed out that in­creased gang ac­tiv­ity was not unique to Bar­ba­dos as the Caribbean had wit­nessed more gun vi­o­lence over the past ten years, which “was threat­en­ing the sta­bil­ity and se­cu­rity across the re­gion”.

The over 50 peo­ple who at­tended the con­sul­ta­tion rep­re­sent­ing var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions or causes were placed into five groups: ed­u­ca­tion and youth; pol­icy de­vel­op­ment and em­ploy­ment; sub­stance abuse and men­tal health; treat­ment and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, and so­cial and com­mu­nity re­spon­si­bilty.

The con­sul­ta­tion con­tin­ues today.

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