Domestic violence figures down
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.