Domestic abuse remains under reported

Basseterre, St. Kitts, 8th March, 2018 ( – As St. Kitts and Nevis joins countries around the world in commemorating International Women’s Day, Celia Christopher, the Acting Director in the Department of Gender Affairs said domestic abuse if the federation remains under reported.

Speaking on the Government’s radio program, Working for You, Acting Director Christophe said that while there are laws in the federation against domestic abuse, the role of her department is limited to counselling and support services, as well as advocacy.

She pointed out, however, that the designated enforcement arm is the Special Victims Unit within the St. Christophe and Nevis Police Force.

Regarding the laws agains domestic violence, Christophe said, “The government has enacted a number of legislation for the protection of victims of violence, be it women or men.”

She said that the abuse is not only physical, but it cold also be perpetrated in the victim in the form of emotional, sexual, financial, verbal and psychological abuse.

“These are all a violation of the law, whether you abuse a woman or man,” Christopher stated.

The acting director also called on all agencies and individuals to take domestic abuse seriously, and not to dismiss persons who are seeking help to deal with their situations.

Christopher also wants the general public to become more informed about domestic abuse, the associated legislation, the rights of victims and become active in advocacy roles.

(Photo: Acting Director Celia Christopher, Department of Gender Affairs)


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