Abusive men

Pregnant women; unborn children falling victims

Pregnant women in Barbados are increasingly being abused by their partners, who set out to inflict as much injury as possible to both mother and unborn child, according to a recent survey.

The European Union-funded study on domestic violence in the Caribbean, carried out in Barbados and Grenada between April and July last year among 109 participants, found alarming evidence that violence against women increased after they became pregnant.

Because the research was quantitative, it did not determine what percentage of expectant mothers faced abuse.

However, there were sufficient cases to conclude that the problem was serious, the study found.

“We found evidence that in some cases domestic violence increased during pregnancy and only in one case did it lessen. Several women reported that violence was directed at their abdomen or genital area to inflict damage, not only on the woman, but also on the child she was carrying,” said the researchers, who interacted with 49 women and 60 men.

In the 154-page report, the research team said the causes behind domestic violence in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean were “complex and deeply entrenched in cultural and behavioural norms”.

Therefore, they said, many of the women abused during pregnancy had been victims of domestic violence even before they became pregnant.

The study noted that once domestic violence existed in a relationship, the general finding was that it did not cease during pregnancy, which in some cases appeared to have been the catalyst for an escalation of violence.

“This posed high risks to maternal outcomes and to the unborn child, including premature birth, miscarriage, serious injury, abnormalities and death,” the report stated.

Therefore, the researchers recommended that health professionals should be trained and equipped with the tools to effectively identify signs of abuse and to know what action to take to prevent harm to women and their unborn babies.

“Pregnant women should be routinely screened for domestic violence during antenatal and other health checks. Screening should occur at the first prenatal visit, at least once per trimester and at the postpartum check-up,” it was also recommended.

Equally troubling was the finding that women with disabilities were victims of both physical and sexual abuse by their partners.

The study found that many disabled women had diminished self esteem, compounded by reduced opportunities for earning an independent income, economic and physical dependency related to their care needs and emotional dependency that had grown out of long-term abuse.

In fact, women whose disability limited their mobility were virtually raped in many instances, the survey revealed.

“Although women from all groups reported accounts of sexual violence, negative attitudes to their impairment left women with disabilities with a reduced sense of self and their partners with an increased sense that sex was theirs for the taking. Where physical mobility was an issue, this made it easier for the perpetrator to use his physical strength to overpower the women physically and force them into non-consensual sex,” the report said.

On this score, it recommended that domestic violence policies must pay specific attention to the needs of women who may be especially vulnerable or marginalized, such as women with disabilities.

The study was conducted by the None In Three project, a 2016-2018 EU project that got its name from the fact that one in three women in the Caribbean experience gender-based violence in their lifetime.

The researchers spoke to women who had experienced domestic violence during pregnancy, women with disabilities, women living with HIV and women in same-sex relationships, as well as men and youth who had been convicted of offences related to domestic violence and those who had not.

“There is a high degree of intentionality that lies behind much abuse. Domestic violence is rarely a one-off incident of aggression which happens as a consequence of loss of control and for the women in this study was more likely to reflect a continuum of violence and abuse.

“From the evidence provided by women, perpetrators often plan how best to inflict harm; they make choices that suggest the acts of coercion, control and violence they inflict are intended and targeted. Where violence was regarded as being a consequence of the loss of control, this was primarily because of the influence of drugs or alcohol,” the report stated.


28 Responses to Abusive men

  1. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince May 11, 2017 at 3:10 am

    Who paying attention to this.?

    • Peter May 11, 2017 at 8:33 am

      Research has shown that this act of aggression is parapsychological and biological intertwined with a level of non-confidence. Basically, the abuser wants to be in control and wants to get the message clearly sent and understood by the pregnant recipient. This happens in all society and at all levels. Research has shown that it is further enhanced when the male is influenced by drugs and alcohol. The abuser usually lacks the love and care of a father figure when they were little. All this can be prevented if the correct method is applied. It is not about forgiveness. It is about comfort, care and affection embodied in appreciation. If these are applied, it will be unbelievable how kind, caring and supportive that man will turn out to be. I’m not suggesting the ladies encourage it, Just work with those men. they will understand and come around. Jrsmith, this has nothing to do with politics. Abuse occurs at all levels in all societies. Your comments tend to focus on political issues and you yie everything in to that.

  2. jrsmith May 11, 2017 at 4:21 am

    What a tin pot nation barbados has become, the politicians who is voted into office to manage and secure our country, is only concern about the 1% who controls barbados which they stand firmly behind … everything which is hurting our people doesn’t effect that 1%………………………………………………………

  3. Veronica Wiggins
    Veronica Wiggins May 11, 2017 at 5:09 am

    It is happening before pregnancy….. my sister’s why then are you getting pregnant for these men?
    This is how a cycle continues unbroken.

    • Juanita Blanco
      Juanita Blanco May 11, 2017 at 5:38 am

      Ask your brothers to stop abusing women!

    • Lisa Moore
      Lisa Moore May 11, 2017 at 5:50 am

      Veronica I agree, now prepare to take your licks.

  4. Winston Forde
    Winston Forde May 11, 2017 at 6:01 am

    And I would think in 2017 this would be on the fall

  5. Teresa Douglas
    Teresa Douglas May 11, 2017 at 6:24 am

    This … Plus the abuse of the unborn child makes the partner ripe for jail

  6. Anthony Michael Hinds
    Anthony Michael Hinds May 11, 2017 at 6:40 am

    No man has the right to abuse his partner and especially NOT their child,unborn or not, steupse,bare ignorance,bunch of little boys playing at being men.

  7. Santini More
    Santini More May 11, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Something in our society is incredibly broken. I just hope that any woman currently being abused will read this and consider seeking help to escape her circumstances. The first step towards escape may be the hardest, but it just may save a life.

  8. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince May 11, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Part a we culture ???

  9. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn May 11, 2017 at 7:38 am

    So that is why these children are so violent nowadays. Because of the violence that their mother facing during pregnancy.

  10. Judy Stanford
    Judy Stanford May 11, 2017 at 8:16 am

    You flog your children to make them behave so when they are grown they abuse their partner. Break the cycle and teach these young boys that raising a hand to anyone is wrong!!

    • Antipas May 11, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      That is utter crap!!!! My mother flogged me from time to time as a child and I have NEVER abused any female, rape or treated them in any inhumane way…. every bit of nonsense the UN and USA says, we swallow hook line and sinker. One of the major things this so called report highlighted was drugs and alcohol use. I am almost certain the very same including the human trafficking happens in the quote first world countries. We have problems in our society yes, but stop letting these people make us out to be the worst thing in the world.

  11. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor May 11, 2017 at 8:25 am

    What do we expect…. Our girls are not taught that they are queens.. We teach them about strife, lies, damaging ppl characters etc etc.. Instead we should make sure our girl children know self worth! Also the relationships we cultivate are in turn cultivated by our offspring because children learn by observing… So if its ok for our men to beat us, they see it as part of life, so they take their licks also! Plus, our young males are allowed to sit on blocks all day and night, no job, no kind of value to society! They get a gf, get her pregnant, then she realizes that she will be needing baby clothes, diapers, milk etc etc… Nagging sets in, beatings start! Teach our daughters to ask males what are they bringing to the table… No job means no future… Males in this little island will be some serious degenerates in the next 15 to 20 years!

    • jennifer May 11, 2017 at 9:11 am

      Sharon T – WELL said, this is truly a problem too, a lack of self worth exhibited by our girls and women.
      @Judy Stanford – well spotted, all this beating thing goes back to those plantation days by those krakkers. And then past down.
      And this European lot who did the study – this is the little u can do seeing that u are solely responsible for the DESTRUCTION of a people’s culture and lost identity and assimilated of the people. And what is worst is when the effected people cannot see the impact or bearing of all of this on their society in general.

  12. JM May 11, 2017 at 9:39 am

    @jrsmith…are you always this stupid or are you making a special effort today?? It seems that you have just about “1% ” common sense on most issues.

  13. jrsmith May 11, 2017 at 11:15 am

    @, JM, hail, hail , clever people like you is still waiting on massa , yes sir no sir 3 bags full sir……. people like you dont bother me , because you cant offer me anything and have nothing that I would want…. like yourself frighten of your own shadow…….

  14. Othneal May 11, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    @Peter. An interesting comment. I noticed no one seemed to have taken notice of it. Could it be that in the context, most commentators here are unable to relate to such intellectual fog. The forum is not a university lecture room. It is called real life.
    Your comments are as useful to abused women as a gold fork is to a man with his hands tied behind his back at the dining table.
    Men who abuse woman have the mind-set of an animal, are usually intellectually challenged and cannot match women in verbal and intellectual skills. Immediate confrontation and punishment is the first step to changing antisocial behavior
    Women in such circumstances need protection, sometimes from themselves.

  15. Alex Alleyne May 11, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    “The Black Man will never be totally free until he fully respect his Black Women”.

    • Jennifer May 11, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      @Alex Alleyne – Well said Sir. His TRUE IDENTITY also has to brought to the forefront too as this is CRUCIAL. This is a big part of the problem/PUZZLE.

  16. Milli Watt May 11, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    “Because the research was quantitative, it did not determine what percentage of expectant mothers faced abuse.” ……….hmmmmmmm I got my doubts about this response. If it said qualitative making predicting would be inappropriate but not able to predict in a quantitative study……well I got my doubts. Publish the entire report, methodology, analysis etc and then we can talk about the issue. This european group can never repay the money they carry away from bout here but always got money to spin black people in this light.

    • Jennifer May 11, 2017 at 5:12 pm

      @milli – Its the first thing I notice too about the type of research and its missing info.
      Believe you me Neither do they intend to pay back a cent either, but all of them time is coming girl. Mind you they are making intervention suggestions without a cent input after their destruction and cause effect.

    • Jennifer May 11, 2017 at 5:16 pm

      @milli – Its the first thing I notice too about the type of research and its missing info.

    • Antipas May 11, 2017 at 6:37 pm

      Well said, and our people believe everything they say.

  17. Shonette May 11, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    These abuse was happening long before now , I was 3 months pregnant with my son in 2007 when my husband started with the violence towards me and it continues for years but thank God I got out when I did .

  18. Othneal May 12, 2017 at 6:23 am

    @Milli Watt. This is not about race. This is a global phenomenon. One that should not exist in the twenty first century. I would accept however, that among African Americans and African Caribbean males, the legacy of slavery may be a factor. Until we accept that all humans are worthy of love and respect, especially mothers, little will change. Regards.

    • Antipas May 12, 2017 at 9:20 am

      If “the legacy of slavery may be a factor” according to you, why do white men beat and abuse their women??? Have sex with their daughters and grand daughters, the pet dog and all. smh.


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