At the height of public outrage over the circulation of a social media video related to yesterday’s brutal killing of 36-year-old Onica King at Swan Street, the new executive of the Barbados Association of Professional Social Workers (BAPSW) is calling on Barbadians to show more empathy.
Addressing the installation ceremony of the association at Sanctuary Empowerment Centre this morning, President Sharon-Rose Gittens did not directly refer to the shocking incident, but she raised concern about violence, deviance among youth and the influence of technology in society.
“We need . . . Barbadians to put their phones down, and learn how to help, take a course in basic first aid, do something, do not make that something be a video and a video to share among other persons knowing that persons are being harmed. ” said Gittens to the congregation who nodded their approval.
She revealed that a key mandate of the BAPSW in its 2018 – 2020 term would involve changing the Barbadian society through education and empowerment.
She highlighted that domestic violence was particularly worrying even as she stressed that violence at all levels had to be tackled.
“We need perpetrators of abuse to learn conflict resolution skills, to master the effective techniques on how to walk away from toxic relationships to a safe environment such as support groups. We need to understand that effective disaster management includes psychological and bereavement counselling,” said Gittens.
“We also need to look forward to schools, positive changes that will take place in the child, . . . or the home as long as we are there, “ she added, pledging that the association was working on a comprehensive proposal to address the issues.
“When Barbados adopts our proposal fully it is not just for Barbados but for the Caribbean region facing the issue of youth deviance and it will be a beacon to follow,” Gittens assured.