Retired DCP Cites Link Between Domestic Violence and Crime

first_img Ms. Grant was speaking at a recent public forum, titled, ‘Big Ooman and Big Man Chat: Addressing Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)’, held at the Courtleigh Auditorium, Kingston, in commemoration of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) and 16 days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence (GBV). Story Highlights “As a country, we need to recognise that domestic violence is the underbelly of general crime and violence, especially gang violence in Jamaica. We are not making that link,” she said. Retired Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Novelette Grant, says there is a link between domestic violence and crime in Jamaica. Retired Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Novelette Grant, says there is a link between domestic violence and crime in Jamaica.“As a country, we need to recognise that domestic violence is the underbelly of general crime and violence, especially gang violence in Jamaica. We are not making that link,” she said.Ms. Grant was speaking at a recent public forum, titled, ‘Big Ooman and Big Man Chat: Addressing Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)’, held at the Courtleigh Auditorium, Kingston, in commemoration of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) and 16 days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence (GBV).The forum, organised by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, in partnership with the UN Women Caribbean and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean, was held to raise awareness on IPV and the findings from the Women’s Health Survey.Citing the link between domestic violence and crime, Ms. Grant said that “when a woman throws out her 11-year-old son and says ‘I can’t keep you in the home, because you are mashing up my love life’, that child is going to be picked up by whom?,” she questioned.Ms. Grant said she was encouraged to form a group, dubbed, ‘Enough is Enough’, to address domestic violence and abuse in Jamaica, after seeing reports about domestic violence. She said the initiative started as a chat group on social media and involved civilians, police officers and the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange.“Our advocacy is really to train, educate and raise awareness. I also want us to look at where some of the gaps are where the legislation is concerned. I want to raise awareness of the Domestic Violence Act,” she said.She said that persons, including staff within the court system, need to be aware of the provision of the Domestic Violence Act, how the Protection Order works, how domestic violence is perpetrated and how it is experienced.“There is a big gap there and training and education can address that,” Ms. Grant added.According to the Women’s Health Survey 2016, women who had entered into a live-in partner relationship at an early age (under 19) had a higher prevalence of lifetime intimate partner physical violence.It also shows that although the prevalence of IPV was higher among women with lower levels of education than among those with the highest levels of education, they had been victims of intimate partner physical violence at some point in their lives.Acts of violence included slapping, beating with fists, pushing, kicking and attacking with a weapon or threatening to do so.last_img read more

Gov’t to Provide Funding for ICT Entrepreneurs

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, says the Government will be providing funding for budding entrepreneurs engaged in information and communications technology (ICT) this fiscal year. TAP exposed unattached youth to the power of technology and sought to unearth their potential through skills training and work experience.“TAP is yet another step in the Government’s journey towards ensuring that Jamaica becomes a knowledge-based society that closes the information gap,” Mrs. Williams noted.She stressed that it is important to bridge the information divide in order to “unlock a world of opportunities for our citizens from all walks of life”.Chief Executive Officer of USF, Daniel Dawes, noted that TAP “provided a lifeline for young persons, many of whom were not working and are now trained and gainfully employed”.He said that the USF will be offering scholarships in the area of ICT to young people who are “academically inclined and demonstrate a commitment to national development”.Under TAP, 890 unattached youth, aged 18 to 35, were trained and placed at 45 institutions within the private and public sectors to conduct digitisation or data collection.The training was delivered by the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) over 12 months, and exposed the participants to data-collection methods, some aspects of data analysis and the fundamentals of ICT, among others.The USF is an agency under the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology and is mandated to ensure access to ICT tools to facilitate development.The agency has invested more than $7 billion in infrastructure, devices and programmes, including the upgrading of ICT infrastructure at tertiary institutions, public health facilities and libraries; and the establishment of seven free public Wi-Fi spots islandwide.In addition, the USF investment has created a network of 300 community access points in underserved communities across Jamaica. “The initiative will be executed in collaboration with ICT experts in the private and public sectors as well as civil society and other stakeholders,” she noted.center_img She said that the support, which will be made available through the Universal Service Fund (USF), will be geared towards persons who seek to solve real-life problems through technology. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, says the Government will be providing funding for budding entrepreneurs engaged in information and communications technology (ICT) this fiscal year.She said that the support, which will be made available through the Universal Service Fund (USF), will be geared towards persons who seek to solve real-life problems through technology.“The initiative will be executed in collaboration with ICT experts in the private and public sectors as well as civil society and other stakeholders,” she noted.“Together, they will ensure that the solutions provided are realistic and can be executed with the resources readily available,” she added.Mrs. Williams was speaking at the closing ceremony for the Universal Service Fund’s (USF) Technology Advancement Programme (TAP) at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston on Thursday (April 11).Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, addresses the closing ceremony for the Universal Service Fund’s (USF) Technology Advancement Programme (TAP) at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, on Thursday (April 11).last_img read more