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Security issue in women’s shelters

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Security issue in women’s shelters

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Barbados’ shelter for women trying to exit abusive relationships is so widely known that new strategies are needed to keep these victims safe, a senior police officer has said.
“One idea is to move the shelter around and another is to create three or four more shelters and have them in various parishes,” said Station Sergeant and crime prevention officer Stephen Griffith.
The trouble, he said, was that once someone knew the location of the shelter, it would not be too difficult to track down a domestic violence victim.
“With more shelters around, the man might know his estranged girlfriend is in one but not which one and which parish to start looking,” he explained.
Griffith spoke on the fringes of a panel discussion the Christ Church South constituency branch of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) held at St Christopher’s Primary School Sunday evening. (TY)