Domestic violence training offered

The Women’s Resource Centre is revitalizing a free Domestic Violence Intervention Training Programme for police officers, social workers, and other professionals who work on the frontline with persons involved in domestic violence.

The first session is set today through Thursday from 9am to 5pm at the Brasserie Conference Facility in Cricket Square.

Trainers and coordinators

Trainers and coordinators for the Domestic Violence Intervention Training Programmes are, sitting from left, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Services DC Delene Christian and Sgt. Claudia Brady; Womens Resource Centre Programme Officer Lise Hurlstone; Department of Children and Department of Children and Family Services Deputy Director Jen Dixon; and Wellness Centre Therapist/Programme Co-ordinator Shannon Seymour. Standing, from left, are the Ministry of Health and Human Services Chief Officer Diane Montoya; Women’s Resource Centre Director Tammy Ebanks Bishop; and the Minister of Health and Human Services Anthony Eden. Photo: Submitted

Anthony Eden, Minister of Health and Human Services, emphasised the importance of the training, states a press release.

‘Domestic violence is a misery upon our society that must be eradicated if we are to be a strong and healthy country,’ he said.

The programme is intended to enhance participants’ understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence, and to increase their sensitivity for persons who are victims of domestic violence,’ explained Women’s Resource Centre Director Mrs. Tammy Ebanks Bishop.

‘Participants can also improve their interaction and intervention skills; develop stronger professional relationships with partner agencies; and learn how to use available local resources to the greatest advantage.

The Domestic Violence Intervention Training Programme is supported by the Ministry of Health and Human Services, and the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. Participants who complete the training will receive certificates.

DVITP began in 2000 as a regional initiative undertaken by 17 Caribbean countries. It was coordinated within each country, and overseen by the Caribbean Association for Feminist Action.

During the start-up, five representatives from Grand Cayman attended a regional train-the-trainer programme in Jamaica, and later facilitated Grand Cayman’s first training session in September 2000.

Over the years, other people have been trained as facilitators. Because of their efforts, about 300 RCIPS officers, social workers, immigration officers, health professionals, and human services professionals completed the programme in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, Mrs. Ebanks Bishop noted.

The WRC’s programme is an update of the last training module, which ran until 2004. Trainers from previous sessions have assisted in modifying the programme; they also will facilitate initial sessions and train new trainers. The seasoned trainers facilitating these initial sessions are Sgt. Claudia Brady, DC Delene Christian and PC Ian Lavine, all of the RCIPS; Jen Dixon Deputy Director of the Department of Children and Family Services; and Shannon Seymour Therapist/Programme Co-ordinator of the Wellness Centre.

WRC staff plan to co-ordinate at least one training session per quarter in Grand Cayman, with sessions also to be held in Cayman Brac.

For more information about the Domestic Violence Intervention Training Programme, contact WRC Programme Officer Lise Hurlstone at [email protected] or 949-0006.