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More needs to be done to protect women from abuse

Published:Monday | January 23, 2023 | 12:37 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

The issue of violence against women in Jamaica is a pressing one, where the Government must take more action to address. Despite efforts to combat this issue, women continue to be subjected to physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.

One of the main reasons for the persistence of this problem is the lack of effective laws and policies to protect women from abuse. Although there are laws in place to address domestic violence and sexual offences, these laws are often not enforced effectively, leaving women without the legal protection they need. Additionally, there is a lack of resources and support for victims of abuse, such as shelters, counselling services, and legal aid.

Another major contributing factor is the societal attitude towards women and gender-based violence. Far too often, victims are blamed for the abuse they have suffered, and there is a lack of understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence. This perpetuates the cycle of abuse and makes it difficult for women to come forward and seek help.

The Government must take a more proactive approach to addressing this issue. This includes increasing funding for resources and support for victims, strengthening laws and policies to protect women from abuse, and implementing awareness and education campaigns to change societal attitudes towards women and violence.

Moreover, the Government should provide training to the law-enforcement officers and judicial system to handle cases of violence against women with sensitivity and promptness. And also, establish hotlines and helplines for women who are in immediate danger of abuse.

By implementing effective laws and policies, providing resources and support for victims, and changing societal attitudes towards women and violence, we can work towards creating a safer and more equal society for all women.

JANIEL MCEWAN