Tuesday 26 May, 2020

Watch: Keep your movements a secret, abuse victims told

Victims of domestic violence are being asked to be discreet about sharing their whereabouts especially when they have sought protection orders against their abusers.

Leader of Government Business in the Senate Clarence Rambharat gave the advice in response to a question from Opposition Senator Wade Mark on breaches of protection orders.

 

He said police who have been providing safe transport for victims of domestic violence have spoken about the need for victims to keep their whereabouts secret.

As of January 31, 2020, a total of 1,421 protection orders were in effect.

Meanwhile, Rambharat said Government continues to make strides in treating with the issue of domestic violence.

Rambharat gave an update on initiatives to protect victims of domestic violence in light of related murders.

He cited the creation of the Gender-Based Violence Police Unit, the passing of the Electronic Monitoring Bill, and changes to be made to the Domestic Violence legislation as some of the things Government has done to treat with domestic violence in T&T.

Highlighting the work of the Unit since its establishment in January this year, Rambharat indicated that extensive investigative training has been ongoing.

Further, he said a new case management model has allowed for follow up with victims and perpetrators alike.

The Unit has also been providing security to victims and facilitating safe transport to shelters.

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