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PNP alarmed at increased violence against women

Published:Tuesday | February 19, 2019 | 4:16 PM
Natalie Neita - File photo

Spokesperson on Gender Affairs Natalie Neita says the opposition wants the government to introduce a programme to assist at-risk families with coping mechanisms to lessen the frequency of domestic violence.

In a statement today, Neita expressed alarm at the recent incidents of violence against women.

“We are frightened by the increasing levels of vicious attacks and murders and other serious crimes which are being perpetrated against our women. These attacks have been on a steady upward trend and must be urgently addressed,” Neita said.

She noted that things took a turn for the worse last week with the murder of three women in western Jamaica.

“We are all aware that crime has been a major challenge for Jamaica over many years, however, there was a time when women and children were spared from its ravages, but this is no longer the case,” she argued. 

The opposition spokesperson argued that the country needs a system of protection for children and women as well as an islandwide sensitisation campaign against gender-based violence.

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