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NOW still fighting against abuse

The National Organisation of Women is continuing its work against domestic abuse, says President Marilyn Rice-Bowen.

Fresh concerns were raised after the fish vendor Caroline Forde died on Monday after being stabbed about the body.

“We want to use this opportunity to reassure women in crisis that we continue to work in their interest and that we have done all in our power to accelerate the recommendations to the Domestic Violence Order Act. Until these recommendations are taken to Parliament as a Bill, woman the victim of domestic violence, her safety will continue to be under threat,” she said while extending sympathy to Forde’s relatives.

“We have partnered with the Royal Barbados Police Force and we have recorded success with the swift implementation of the Family Conflict Unit. We defer comment on what Forde’s family has put forward and we will be meeting with the Police to ascertain the facts and to determine the way forward,” Rice- Bowen added.

Again, Chairman of Men’s Educational Support Association, Ralph Boyce has condemned violence in any form suggesting that the role of the police in cases of domestic violence needed to be investigated and reviewed.

“Abuse and violence, wherever they occur, are to be condemned. The question of security for workers on the job must be investigated. Considering that Forde was attacked on the job, the question of security of workers on the job must be investigated. Where were the security personnel? We have to review the issue of security of workers on the job,” Boyce argued. (NC)

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