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