Friday 17 January, 2020

IWRN calls for national registry for domestic violence victims

While the introduction of a Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Unit in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service has received praise, at least one group believes that there is more to be done.

In a statement, the International Women’s Resource Network (IWRN) called for the establishment of a national registry for victims of domestic violence as the group said it would bolster the other efforts by the state geared toward the protection of women.

It intends to make this recommendation to the Police Commissioner by way of a formal letter.

The IWRN said the registry should be used as a tracking apparatus to monitor, evaluate and regularly follow up with victims and family members.

This would determine whether the victims are safe and if they require additional support.

The support group suggested that the registry fall under the purview of the GBV unit.

The registry would be a private and confidential document that would contain the history of each victim who made reports through the national domestic hotline, a police station, the Victim and Witness Support Unit, civil society organisation or the GBV Unit.

Over the past five years, the IWRN said at least 90 percent of women who made reports and were in possession of protection orders were murdered by the very men the orders were meant to protect them from.

The organisation is adamant that the time has come to ensure that all loopholes are filled to avoid further fatalities.

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