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Fewer domestic violence-related deaths, reports Griffith

Tre Greaves

Fewer domestic violence-related deaths, reports Griffith

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IN THE LAST two years, Barbados has seen a decrease in the number of domestic violence-related homicides.

This was revealed by Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith during the closing ceremony of a Domestic Violence Self-Paced Learning Curriculum for police officers.

In 2013 there were nine domestic violence-related homicides, in 2014 there were three and so far for 2015, there have been none.

Griffith attributed this decline to similar training programmes and  the establishment of the Family Conflict Intervention Unit of the Royal Barbados Police Force in 2013. He added that since the unit formed “indelible relationships” with stations across the island.

The curriculum was facilitated by the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Programme (ICITAP), The United States Embassy of Bridgetown and the United States Department of Justice.

Thirteen participants received certificates at the closing ceremony for completing the curriculum, including eight constables and three sergeants from the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF), one sergeant from the Royal St Vincent Police Force and a nurse manager from the US Embassy Health Unit. (TG)