Gender based violence still prevalent in Barbados

The prevalence of gender based violence in Barbados has not diminished, even though the Domestic Violence (Protection Orders) Act was amended in 2016.

Chairman of the National Union of Public Workers Gender Affairs Committee, Makala Beckles-Jordan says two in ten women are victims of domestic abuse.

Speaking with Barbados TODAY at a joint symposium on Preventing Domestic Violence by the group None In Three, Beckles-Jordan revealed that many victims are reluctant to inform authorities that they are being abused and in need of assistance.

She said that instead of reporting to the police, victims have resorted to using social media to cry for help.

“We have a situation right now, not only in Barbados but in the Caribbean where persons are using social media; Facebook live, Facebook posts, Snapchat, Twitter, to speak out about their issues. Although we have legislation in place, we have to realise that the average woman and man who are victims of domestic violence do not necessarily see the legislation as working for them,” Beckles-Jordan said.

“Although we have legislation in place we still have policemen who laugh at victims whether it be male or female. You have some of the persons who go and seek help but upon seeking the help they get up and walk away because they don’t see any benefit on their part for speaking out.

Beckles-Jordan fears that domestic violence is becoming a societal norm that is being swept under the carpet.

7 Responses to Gender based violence still prevalent in Barbados

  1. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow August 12, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Economic independence maybe the common cause of this age old problem..People are very quick in saying ,leave the relationship….does she have someone or somewhere to go too ?incarceration of the perpetrators of such violence is a temporary solution…

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  2. Alex Alleyne August 12, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    “DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS BECONING A SOCIETAL NORM” .
    The BLACK MAN will never be totally FREE until he fully respect his BLACK WOMEN.

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  3. samantha walker August 12, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    @Alex Alleyne, agreed and the Black Man has “Learned Behaviour” from the white man, in the past, to disrespect black women…. Black men respected their women pre-slavery however if you dont know your history you are PRONE to repeat it and many have beeb mis-educated…. This is stopping us from building strong families and a strong community….

    All relationships are based on equal respect.

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  4. Alex Alleyne August 12, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    @Samantha, The BLACK MAN must also accept that “along side every successful man, there is a WOMAN”.

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  5. Jennifer August 12, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    @Samantha – so what you are saying in a nutshell is that both men and women are destroyed. The thing is that domestic issues falls under a barrage of issues plaguing this people. And all these “experts” who learned from the white-mans books can talk all they want but until this whole identity crisis and a revisiting of our history is done nothing will even come close to being solved. It will be just that nothing but talk like most of the discussions surrounding this people. If you look at any of those old slave movies you will see the black man being destroyed and belittled in front of his black woman and children. This is where the lack of respect started. The black woman being taken away to the great house for the night etc. Do you not think this will cause mental destruction which will be passed on from generation to generation.

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    • Jennifer August 12, 2017 at 10:25 pm

      Then we got the situation in which this people were conditioned/bred not be affectionate leading to lots of mommy issues in both men and women = broad spectrum forms of abuse, relationships breakdown including with neighbors and the whole 9 yards. It all boils down in many cases to low self esteem and a lack of self worth >>>>>> this is why we as giants felt the need to integrate when that was a big mistake in itself.

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  6. Alex Alleyne August 13, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Very sad every time , over and over you notice that “REAL ISSUES” such as this never get a LARGE response from the public. If some useless stuff that should never made news come up, the area will be “plastered” .

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