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Committee to review laws on violence against women and children to begin work January

Published:Saturday | December 17, 2016 | 12:49 PM

The way is now clear for the parliamentary committee tasked with reviewing laws related to gender violence as well as violence against children, the elderly and persons with disability to start its work.

This after the Senate yesterday approved the five remaining members of the Joint Select Committee that will be chaired by Justice Minister Delroy Chuck.

As a result, the Ministry of Gender Affairs says the 12-member committee, which has been dormant since 2014, will begin its work in January.

The push to reconvene the committee comes amid a spate of violent attacks against women across the island.

The latest incident came last Saturday when 31-year-old Kerry-Ann Wilson was attacked and beaten to death inside her apartment at the Crystal Towers apartment complex on Old Hope Road in St Andrew.

Her former common-law husband Phillip Brown has been arrested and charged in connection with the killing.

In a statement yesterday, Minister of Gender Affairs Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange said the government has taken note of the spate of horrific violence against women.

She says by re-starting the Joint Select committee the government was moving to prevent acts of gender violence, provide greater protection for victims, and to deal effectively with perpetrators.