Domestic violence training for cops
More than 300 police personnel and front line responders are to benefit from training to effectively recognise, deal with, and respond to victims of rape, sexual harassment, and domestic violence.
The sensitivity training falls under the Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence Project, which is being jointly funded by the British High Commission and the United States Embassy in Kingston at a cost of £21,136. It is being implemented by the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the non-governmental organisation Woman Inc.
Speaking at the official launch of the project on Monday at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, Minister of National Security Robert Montague said the initiative is crucial as approximately 30 per cent of homicides in the island stem from domestic violence. He noted that while women are the primary victims, a growing number of men are suffering from domestic violence.
He said that despite strengthening legislation and law-enforcement initiatives, and the dedicated efforts of many individuals and organisations, the problem persists.
In his remarks, United States Ambassador to Jamaica Luis Moreno said the partnership will assist in creating a safer and more secure society for all Jamaicans. British High Commissioner to Jamaica David Fitton said the collaboration is vital in addressing a worldwide issue which affects many families.