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Joint Select Committee reviewing violence against women laws

Published:Monday | November 24, 2014 | 4:00 PM

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says several laws are currently being reviewed as the Government intensifies its drive to protect the nation's women and girls and eliminate acts of violence against them.

In a speech read by Information Minister, Senator Sandrea Falconer, to commemorate International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Prime minister said a Joint Select Committee of Parliament is now reviewing the Sexual Offences Act, the Offences Against the Persons Act, the Domestic Violence Act, and the Child Care and Protection Act.

She says the committee will focus on offences as well as the punishment of crimes such as the murder of pregnant women, the assault of women, children and the elderly as well as sexual crimes.

The Prime Minister stressed that violence against women is unacceptable.

She says the Government will continue to put measures in place to provide greater security and protection for women in the fight to eliminate violence against them.

Simpson Miller says work is also far advanced on Jamaica's sexual harassment legislation, which will provide an avenue of redress for women.

The Prime Minister called on Jamaicans to play their part in addressing acts of violence against women and girls.

And she urged women, who have been abused, to find the courage to "fight back" and end the vicious cycle of violence, by speaking up and seeking help.