(CMR) Gender-based violence continues to be a major issue in the Cayman Islands as the police investigated 2,288 incidents of domestic violence in 2020, about 71% of which involved female victims. So far this year, over 1,500 incidents have been reported.
The RCIPS, which supported the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence that ended recently, said with these statistics, the police considered it very important to support these initiatives.
“While this initiative takes place annually, can we please as individuals and as a community collectively take the initiative all year long to end gender violence generally, and in particular violence against women,” urged Nancy Barnard, Deputy Chief Officer of the Office of the Commissioner of Police.
The police have also sent a message of “zero lenience toward perpetrators.”
The RCIPS said it recognized the importance of combatting this issue and continues to proactively seek ways to enhance its support for victims, as shown by the recent efforts of the Family Support Unit to ensure the safety of the most vulnerable victims of gender-based violence by successfully securing protection orders through the court.
The RCIPS also continues to work closely with partner agencies such as the Department of Children and Family Services, and as part of groups such as the Alliance to End Domestic Violence and the C.I. Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), to spread awareness about gender-based violence, and to enhance and streamline the processes of the agencies who are responsible for assisting victims.
“While gender-based violence is a global concern, we at the RCIPS remain committed to working with our partner agencies to do all we can to reduce the number of persons that become victims of such violence, and to reduce the recurrence of such acts of violence,” said Inspector Dausea Scott, head of the RCIPS Family Support Unit.
“For the year 2021 to date, the RCIPS has responded to 1,517 incidents of domestic violence, a reduction of 408 compared to the same period in 2020, and we hope to see a continued reduction in the numbers next year and beyond, ” Inspector Scott added.
The RCIPS encourages anyone of any gender who may be a victim of gender-based violence to make a report to the RCIPS or any partner agency. If you are not comfortable making an official report, these partner agencies also offer various forms of support.
The police also encourage those who may know or suspect that someone else is experiencing such violence to offer support in any way possible, including reporting suspicions through official channels.
“We are pleased to join global alliances and communities who are raising awareness and continuing to fight against gender-based violence, not just during these 16 days, but all year-round,” added Commissioner of Police Derek Byrne. “We look forward to a time when initiatives like this one are no longer a necessity.”
911 – Emergency Services (Or your local police station)
943-2422 – Cayman Islands Crisis Centre 24hr Crisis Line
649-5437 – Kids Helpline
949-1693 – Department of Community Rehabilitation
949-0006 – Family Resource Centre
949-8789 – The Counselling Centre
945-8869 – Legal Befrienders Clinic. *only available by phone Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30-6:30 pm*
949-0545 – Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
946-0024 – Needs Assessment Unit
1-800-534-6463 – Mental Health Helpline
Estella’s Place (run by the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre) is also available for walk-in appointments. Call 949-0366 to make an appointment, or contact Carol-Anne Fordyce at 623-4825 or [email protected]