Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has promised to do all in his power to eliminate domestic violence on the island.
Addressing the closing ceremony of a three-week Citizens Domestic Violence workshop at the Valley Resource Centre in St George, Brathwaite said educating the community was the first step in reducing the number of cases.
“We need to spend more time in the community, we need to spend more time trying to change behavior, we have spent time talking to the magistrates, NGO’s and so on, but we should have started with you the average citizens because it’s you who [will] make a difference,” he said.
Brathwaite said he was pleased with what was accomplished at the workshop over the last three weeks and he urged participants, including the media, non-governmental organizations, churches, tertiary educators and medical practitioners, to share with their communities and colleagues, the information they had received.
“I am satisfied that the last couple of weeks was worth it. What you now need to do is take what you have learnt in your communities and, if we can, we can also look to provide additional training. What we are looking to do is teach our young people, our males in particular, that there is a better way.
“When there is a need, try to assist. That’s my charge to you. Where possible that you can train someone else, do it. You never know how many lives you can change or touch. If you touch but one life, then your time and sacrifice would be worth it,” the Attorney General said.
Also addressing the ceremony was Assistant Commissioner of Police Livingston Eversley who urged participants to put the information they had received to good use.
“Apply the information in your various capacities. We hope for the day when there are no more reports of domestic violence in Barbados,” he said.
The workshop was conducted by the Royal Barbados Police Force, in partnership with the United States Embassy and the United States Department of Justice’s International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Programme. (DB)