September 6, 2011
NCW launches Domestic Violence Prevention programme

The National Council of Women will launch its Domestic Violence Intervention Prevention Training Project this Thursday, September 8.{{more}}

The Council has chosen to launch the programme on International Literacy Day, with the theme “Moving beyond letters and numbers to mass education against violence to women and girls.”

The training programme consists of a series of capacity building workshops for front line workers such as Police, Nurses, Teachers and Social Workers, to better equip them to work with Victims and Perpetrators of Domestic Violence.

Thursday’s launch, which takes place at the University of the West Indies School of Continuing Studies at Richmond Hill, begins at 10:00 a.m.

The launch will hear addresses from the President of the National Council of Women Nelcia Robinson Hazell; the Programme Officer of the British High Commission for the Eastern Caribbean and Barbados Deborah Worrell, and a representative of the National Commission in Crime Prevention.

The programme has been organized because recently published statistics reveal an alarmingly high incidence of rape, murder and HIV/AIDS, and demand a concerted response from the justice system, other relevant government departments, and victim support non-governmental organizations.

The National Council of Women recognizes that the struggle for emancipation from violence against women and girls is far from over, and requires awareness-raising programmes on the root cause of the problem, along with intervention and prevention training for front line workers such as the Police, Nurses, Teachers, and the public at large.

The National Council of Women expects that this body of training will add to the efforts already being made by other stakeholders to eradicate the shameful scourge of Domestic Violence from our society. Funding for the Project is made possible through a grant from the British High Commission for the Eastern Caribbean and Barbados.