Ministry of Human Services seeks to further reduce domestic Violence
– Police cite reason why victims aren’t taken seriously
Following a rash of domestic killings, the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security is exploring ways to decrease the scourge.
A Ministry official told Kaieteur News yesterday that the Ministry finds the need to “immediately strengthen and formulate programmes aimed at effectively addressing domestic violence.” The official said that the Minister plans to recommence national consultation on sexual and domestic violence.
“The Ministry cannot do anything about a woman being beaten in her home if we have no knowledge of it, so the suppression of domestic violence rests in the hands of the abused, neighbours, police and us Ministry personnel…Therefore a holistic approach is needed,” stated the official.
“Much is needed to be done at the grassroot levels; parents should make a special effort to impart values of respect for women. There is nothing that a woman can do to give her assailant the right to hit her.”
“Verbal abuse is one thing but whenever it gets physical, even at its first stage, it is a cause for concern,” said the Ministry official.
In this regard, the Ministry continues to work with male-dominated sport clubs across the country. Kaieteur News has learnt that over the past two years, the Ministry has been conducting continuous works with the “Men’s Affairs Bureau”.
Some women are not taken seriously when they report domestic incidents. A police source disclosed that, that occurs simply because on numerous occasions, abused women make reports then beg for the release of their abusers after they may have been arrested.
“Lots of times women would come to the station with blood down their faces; we would go to the house and make an arrest, next day, she come begging for the same man.”
The officer recounted an incident that occurred while he was a station officer. A young lady-not older than 23- ran into the station with her three-year-old son slung across her hip as she escaped her reputed husband.
According to him the woman explained that she ran out of the house with her son to rid herself of the brutality. Soon after, ranks brought him-the abuser- into the station. The officer said that while the abuser explained that he “manners” her because she gave his son cold porridge, he said that he was sorry, and leaned to kiss her. “You know that girl kissed that man with blood running down the side of her face!!”
The officer revealed that cases like those cause the police to sometimes be apprehensive about arresting domestic abusers.