Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence fig­ures down

UK Barbados Nation - - NEWS -

THERE HAS BEEN a sig­nif­i­cant drop in the num­ber of re­ports of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

Sta­tion Sergeant Chris­tine Hus­bands said 245 cases were re­ported be­tween Jan­uary and

June this year, com­pared with 539 over the same pe­riod last year.

In a pre­sen­ta­tion on the Preva­lence And Trends Of In­ti­mate Part­ner Vi­o­lence In Bar­ba­dos at a na­tional con­sul­ta­tion on Case Man­age­ment Meth­ods in In­ti­mate Part­ner Vi­o­lence in Bar­ba­dos on Mon­day, Hus­bands at­trib­uted the de­cline to sev­eral fac­tors.

These in­clude a suc­cess­ful pub­lic aware­ness cam­paign, amend­ments to the Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence and Sex­ual Of­fences Acts, in­creased train­ing on the is­sue in the Royal Bar­ba­dos Po­lice Force and a new con­fi­dence in sur­vivors that en­ables them to re­port do­mes­tic vi­o­lence mat­ters with “a higher de­gree of ex­pectancy for res­o­lu­tion, pro­fes­sion­al­ism and con­fi­den­tial­ity”.

Hus­bands said the Po­lice Force “main­tains its com­mit­ment to the pro­vi­sion of a safe en­vi­ron­ment for all” and holds fast to its re­mit to in­ter­vene where there is a di­rect threat to per­sonal safety. Stake­hold­ers rep­re­sent­ing dif­fer­ent bod­ies in­volved in con­fronting the is­sue of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence par­tic­i­pated in the one-day work­shop at UN House. It was or­gan­ised by the Na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Women in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Bureau of Gen­der af­fairs and the sup­port of UN Women.

Par­tic­i­pants heard from a sur­vivor of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and from pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer of the Na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Women, Mar­sha Hinds-layne, who works as an ad­vo­cate as­sist­ing fe­male vic­tims in walk­ing through the sys­tem to get the kind of ser­vices and sup­port they need.

( GC)

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