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Ban them!

The Upper Chamber of Parliament heard a call today for a ban on media coverage of all domestic violence cases. 
That suggestion came from Government Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner who said that such a provision was the only thing she believes should be added to the Domestic Violence Protection Order Bill, which was being discussed.

“I do feel we should ban the coverage . . . media coverage of domestic violence cases, especially when you think of the fact that many of these families and family units have children who then face more abuse and more vilification when they go to school or walk the streets,” said Sandiford-Garner, an campaigner for women’s rights.

She noted that because this country was a signatory to conventions that call for the elimination of violence against women, this new legislation had gone a long way in validating Barbados’ international profile.

In seeking to show that no amount of legislation could control human behaviour, the Government Senator alluded to a paper by United Nations family violence professor Allison Gibbons, who wrote that the family is the first environment where gender roles and expectations are entrenched and where patterns of violence are established and even rationalized.

“And that is instructive, because it tells us that no amount of legislation really can control human behaviour within the family setting,” added Sandiford-Garner.

She said that all the research revealed that the motivations or the notions of control of men over women or women over men started within the home.

“So I am suggesting in conclusion Madam President, that we have to go further than the survivors and the perpetrators. We have to understand why women need protection, while understanding that there are women who would wish to have normal relationships with their men and men who would wish to have normal relationships with their women and same-sex unions where people would wish to have normal relationships with their spouses. Every human being would wish to have a normal relationship within the household,” the Senator pointed out.

Sandiford-Garner also argued for health and family life education to have a more prominent place on the schools’ agenda.

Noting that the new legislation is gender neutral, she however said no apology must be made in focusing on women and girls as victims.  She argued that one in every three women in Barbados is impacted by domestic violence.

“There has to be emphasis on that,” added the women’s advocate.

She also argued that men and boys did not report their violence, adding that there was need for a reliable bank of statistics on men and boys. She told males that there was no shame in being abused, but rather there should be shame in being the abuser.   

Sandiford-Garner also said that the definition of harassment was another enhancement in the Bill, adding that women were the biggest perpetrators of harassment in social media to their partners.

She warned that the new measure made cyber spying illegal and disclosed that persons could now buy surveillance equipment in Barbados to track down their partners.

In defending the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) against comments that they lacked training in dealing with domestic violence, the Government Senator explained that all recruits were exposed to sensitivity training.

“There is a domestic violence module taught at the Police Training School,” she said.

She was also pleased that the legislation empowered the police to implement the protection orders on behalf of victims who would want to withdraw charges at the last minute against their perpetrators.

She maintained that family violence could not depend on legislation alone.

“Love and licks don’t mix,” concluded the Government legislator.

6 Responses to Ban them!

  1. Steven Layne
    Steven Layne February 18, 2016 at 6:00 am

    Senseless talk, no money to do nothing just talk.where the social programs to get women out the house.

  2. thinkingoutloud February 18, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Has Barbadians gone mad? Why do we as a people not see that for too long domestic abuse has been a serious problem. I lost my mother to a man who sits in jail waiting to be freed. I had to endure countless days of public scorn for something i had no control over. Even to this day some people still call my mother stupid for having to endure this torture from a so called lover. It is you the person who chooses the wrong forum to air your stupid views that helps to justify the madness of abusers. Why must a life be lost? Why must a child be scarred for life ? Why are we not more proactive towards incidents of abuse. A reactive society, such as this one we live in, made up of 166 sq miles will cobtinue to breed these sick low life men and women. I say low life not because of social status but because of the level of thinking of these said abusers and you the “corner talkers” within our society who spread propaganda about victims. Only when the action of abuse hits home that sometimes we realise some of these victims have no where else to turn. The neighbor who would rather keep your door ahut while u listen to your friend being beaten to a pulp. Why dont you stand up for you “sisters and brothers” at this point rather than wagging your tongues when it is all said and done?

  3. Bobo February 18, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Sanford -Garners since Independence what have both political parties done for the welfare of the populations—for instance look at you a woman of a certain age hair plaited =-filled of complexity crying out for your childhood– when you are a child you act as a child —when you are a woman be a feminine woman with her hair blowing self -confidence throughout the universe .

    Human Complexity and abuse starts from childhood– what have your government done to protect Barbadians black children from home and school (flogging) all four-legged animals have Animal–Rights”
    How many times ”UN Child Rights ” have ask the Barbados government to put their house in order — abuse -marginalizing discrimination against Black children–what have Barbados government done to help the children –they build a new wave prison– A disgrace to Humanity

  4. Sue Donym February 18, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    What kind of thinking allows one to surmise that plaited hair is a juvenille choice while ranting about marginalization of Blacks? Probably the same kind of thinking that makes him decide that physical cues are necessary do display assertiveness and that expects females to indicate that they have fallen in line.

    The whole point of the article is the proposals for protection from abuse and the measures that would be in place going forward. Seems like a good time for interested parties to make suggestions – if they have any.

    • Coralita February 18, 2016 at 10:48 pm

      I am lost at the comments about the plaited hair. I did not know it was juvenile to plait one’s hair. Is the Senator supposed to wear her hair flying like the caucasians do. Don’t we blacks have a different type of hair?

      Non-point if yah ask me.

  5. Ann Harding February 20, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Sweeping a problem like this under the rug will only trip us up on the enormous lump therein.

    That reporting issues creates further problems for the victims is a concern. What motivates anyone to attack an innocent person who has been hurt? Cowardice. Bare cowardice.

    Lack of compassion is a weakness and yet this behaviour is exonerated by many as if it is a sign of strength. Why?


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