Eighteen participants in a domestic violence intervention programme received certificates at a graduation ceremony held 29 May at the South Sound Community Hall.
Stopping the Violence targeted men. Each graduate received a certificate and signed a pledge indicating their commitment to personal change and to stop domestic violence, said a GIS press release.
As part of the ceremony, graduates had a chance to share their ideas about the programme, and the ceremony concluded with refreshments and socialising.
Stopping the Violence, organized by the Probation Aftercare Unit in partnership with the RCIPS, Women’s Resource Centre, Judicial System and Counselling Centre, lasted nine months.
‘It is exactly the time necessary for a child to be born. These men now have their rebirth. This is the beginning of a new life for them,’ said Facilitator Karlene Bramwell.
The programme was initiated in response for the need for intervention due to the number of domestic abuse cases seen in the Judicial System, the release said. The current graduation marks the second completion of this programme.
The approach of Probation Aftercare in tackling the domestic abuse issue is innovative and allows abusers to receive intervention without being sent to prison, the release said. The Judicial System monitored the progress of course participants via detailed monthly reports.
‘Management of criminal offences can be symbolically divided into carrot and stick approaches. This is a carrot approach,’ said RCIPS Family Support Unit Chief Superintendent. John Jones.
‘This approach is very advanced on a global scale and I am glad to see its success in the Cayman Islands. By offering such a course we do believe in giving people second chances and we hope not to see them again in this situation.’
Participants rated the programme highly, as it helped to break the negative cycle of violence. The programme provided an opportunity for self-analysis, behaviour assessment and to develop strategies for solving stressful situations, the release said.