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Domestic violence is embedded in Jamaican society

Published:Monday | January 4, 2021 | 12:06 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

This is in response to the editorial in The Gleaner of Saturday, January 2, titled ‘Family violence – the new pandemic’. A lot of Jamaican women suffer in silence when it comes on to domestic violence.

Many people trivialise it by turning a blind eye which seeps into the narrative that says it’s not “their business”. Domestic violence is so embedded in the culture, because Jamaica, like rest of the world, is dominated by men. Domestic violence is influenced by patriarchy, the same ideology that produces toxic masculinity that tells men how to socialise as if men are monolith.

Toxic masculinity is the same ideology that says a man is not supposed to cry – as if crying is not a natural response to pain – and if they reach out for help, they are weak. Patriarchy socialises men to have domination over women and treat them like properties.

When some men are unable to see this play out in their relationship, they resort to violence, especially when women resist and are non-compliant to domination. Domestic violence is rooted in a set of values that has no history in the African and indigenous cultures, which were pretty matriarchal.

The coronavirus pandemic has only burst wide open what has been going on for a long time in Jamaica. If you are in a relationship that uses violence, power and control to fuel it, seek help before it’s too late.

@tdotrebel via Gleaner’s Instagram page