Sun | Mar 18, 2018

Put domestic violence on policy front line

Published:Friday | February 3, 2017 | 11:13 PM


The gruesome acts of violence that are being meted out to women and girls have definitely become a national concern.

It is also very alarming that these criminal acts are being carried out in areas that were once peaceful as far as such gruesome domestic violence is concerned. St Thomas, in particular the Eastern Constituency, was never one with much record of murders. It, therefore, pains the communities in the parish to digest the recent deaths of 36-year-old Kerron Peckoo and 19-year-old Tashoy Barrett.

Domestic violence is a demon that will take much more than a mere obeah man to combat. We need more community involvement and social-intervention policies. We need to strengthen our moral fabric. How can one kill the person one professes to love?

We cannot continue to live like this, whereby people are constantly living in fear for their lives and those of their children.

As a young woman, I am pleading to these men to let us live, to give us a fair chance at life. Women impact society in so many ways. We are your nurses, teachers, doctors, sometimes managers, the mothers of your children, accountants, you name it.

I am then urging the Government to encourage alternative methods of dispute resolution. Encourage couples to talk it out. I call on justices of the peace to make their presence felt.