At­tor­ney: Men not pur­su­ing rights

UK Barbados Nation - - NEWS -

ALL LAWS ARE MADE for males and fe­males equally, but men are too slow to seek out their rights.

This was the view ex­pressed by at­tor­ney Al­van Babb dur­ing a re­cent panel dis­cus­sion on the Rights Of A Cit­i­zen, at Mount Zion Mis­sions Church, Rock Dundo, St James, dur­ing the Six­teen Days Of Ac­tivism.

Babb, one of the pan­el­lists, said some men’s egos also pre­vented them from tak­ing cer­tain ac­tions, which in­cluded ap­ply­ing for main­te­nance, and go­ing back to the court to en­force orders to have ac­cess to their chil­dren.

With re­gard to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, he told the gath­er­ing: “Men suf­fer from a type of ego that would not al­low them to walk into a po­lice sta­tion and say, ‘My wife beat me’.”

For­mer Deputy Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Ber­tie Hinds, also on the panel, said a man or hus­band lived in two worlds. He ex­plained that there was the man’s life, and the home life, and of­ten those things were com­pet­ing en­ti­ties as men func­tioned dif­fer­ently in both en­vi­ron­ments.

“He could lose sta­tus in the man’s world. A lot of peo­ple think that is a joke, but he can­not walk the street .

. . . We need to be as­tute and care­ful be­cause it is a sham­ing ex­er­cise,” Hinds said in ref­er­ence to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence against men.

Babb said all par­ties needed to give and take and, re­gard­ing chil­dren, when one per­son was not will­ing to con­cede, it was a recipe for dis­as­ter and had mul­ti­ple ef­fects on the off­spring. He re­minded the con­gre­ga­tion that do­mes­tic vi­o­lence was not only the man and woman in­volved in a re­la­tion­ship, but spanned fam­ily mem­bers or any per­son liv­ing in the same home.

Hinds said in the for­ma­tive years, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is­sues were dealt with by women gen­er­ally, but now al­most all mem­bers of the Royal Bar­ba­dos Po­lice Force were trained and qual­i­fied to han­dle them. He added that if any­one was in a sit­u­a­tion, they could call any sta­tion and ask for an of­fi­cer trained in do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. There was also a Fam­ily Con­flict Unit in op­er­a­tion and a sys­tem for deal­ing with cases, with the more sea­soned of­fi­cers sent to deal with those sit­u­a­tions.

Babb said polic­ing had to keep up with the chang­ing dy­nam­ics of so­ci­ety, and that in­cluded us­ing more tech­nol­ogy. (LK)

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