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Thursday 13 August, 2020

TTPS: All domestic abuse reports treated seriously

ASP Michael Jackman said the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is trained to deal with domestic abuse complaints and takes these reports very seriously.

Speaking to LoopTT, Jackman said that officers are required to investigate all reports of domestic violence and to protect the lives of persons in danger.

Jackman’s comments come after the gruesome murder of mother-of-one, Samantha Isaacs, who was shot and killed earlier this week.

Isaacs had reportedly been in an abusive relationship and had tried to file for a protection order before she was killed, however her case has been delayed several times.

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After her death, her attacker shot himself to death at his Carenage home.

At the TTPS we treat all reports of domestic violence and domestic abuse seriously. If someone is being threatened they can go to any police station and, if more protection is needed, they can go to the court and file for a protection order,” he said.

Jackman said the situation regarding Isaacs was sad and that no one should have to live in fear.

No one should have to put up with threats to their lives or live in fear. The TTPS will investigate reports of death threats once they have been reported.”

“In addition, they can go to any police station, it does not have to be within their district. For example, if a woman living in Gasparillo is in Port of Spain, she can go to the station there and make a report,” Jackman said.

He said officers are duty-bound to file reports from any person, regardless of where they reside, adding that if an officer refuses to file the report, the person can ask to speak to the senior officer in charge and make a complaint with them.

Citizens can also lodge complaints with the Police Complaints Authority.

Resources for victims of domestic violence:

The Shelter

628-0861

Organisation for Abused and Battered Individuals 

798-6185

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