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BLP to tackle domestic violence

RACHELLE AGARD, [email protected]

BLP to tackle domestic violence

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The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) is promising a multi-tiered approach to dealing with domestic violence.
The vow was made by former Minister of Energy Liz Thompson at a spot meeting at Savannah Road, Bush Hall, St Michael Friday night.
“Domestic violence has reached epidemic proportions in this country, and the BLP is taking a zero-tolerance approach for domestic abuse toward women, children and men,” she said.
She added that the party intended to hold abusers accountable, and intended to put a number of actions in place to help combat these issues.
Some of the proposed solutions include anger management and conflict resolution classes, community-based counselling, safe houses for those abused with an equal space for men and restitution and compensation for abuse victims. 
“We are prepared to give men counselling and put them in programmes to make them feel better about themselves,” she said.

Meanwhile, Barbados Labour Party leader Mia Mottley said change was going to come. 

“To borrow the words of Errol Barrow ‘half a loaf is better than no loaf at all’ . . . . Give us a chance to show you what we can do for Barbados, because in doing so change will come,” she said.

Additionally, she said the BLP would run a clean campaign.

“We will keep things clean and focused on you. Come out on May 24 and vote. Change has come and we want back our Barbados,” she said. (RA)