J’cans en­cour­aged to learn more about gen­der-based vi­o­lence

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - NEWS -

JA­MAICANS are be­ing en­cour­aged to learn about the var­i­ous forms of gen­der-based vi­o­lence (GBV) and the sup­port sys­tems avail­able.

This call was made by di­rec­tor, pol­icy and re­search, Bureau of Gen­der Af­fairs, Sharon Robin­son, at a Ja­maica In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, held Wed­nes­day at the agency’s head of­fice in Kingston.

“We find that in some cases, per­sons who re­port abuse are not aware of what is in place. First of all, they might not even be aware of the def­i­ni­tion of vi­o­lence. For some they be­lieve that what is hap­pen­ing is nor­mal and nat­u­ral,” she said.

GBV is an um­brella term for any harm­ful act that is per­pe­trated against a per­son’s will. It in­cludes hu­man traf­fick­ing, do­mes­tic and in­ti­mate part­ner vi­o­lence, incest, rape, bul­ly­ing, and sex­ual ha­rass­ment.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Robin­son said that peo­ple may be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing vi­o­lence for years and do not recog­nise that it is wrong, or they may be aware of what is hap­pen­ing and “think that the per­pe­tra­tor is go­ing to change overnight and keep ex­cus­ing these per­sons”.

“What we say to such per­sons is that they need to equip them­selves with in­for­ma­tion first

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