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Domestic violence is not unique to females – Montague

Published:Tuesday | April 5, 2016 | 4:23 PM
Minister of National Security Robert Montague says it is important to note that domestic violence is not unique to females as there is an increasing number of men who are suffering from domestic abuse.

Minister of National Security Robert Montague has emphasised the need for equal priority to be given to males and females, when programmes are implemented to tackle issues of domestic violence.

Addressing persons at the launch yesterday of the Domestic, Sexual and Gender based Violence Project he said it is critical that persons approach violent acts more seriously.

The programme is being funded by the British High Commission and the United States Embassy and will be implemented by the Jamaica Constabulary Force and Woman Incorporated.

Montague says effectively addressing sexual and gender based violence is one of the greatest challenges at this time.

He says it is important to note that domestic violence is not unique to females as there is an increasing number of men who are suffering from domestic abuse.

He’s also urging increased awareness among critical stakeholders such as the police.