Police get tough on domestic abuse

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service plans to take its zero tolerance to domestic violence message to the streets shortly.

It is understood that the police’s latest campaign will stage community presentations in each district.

The initiative aims to cover the various forms of partner abuse, what residents’ rights are under the law and what help is available. Material with useful contact numbers will also be distributed the police confirm.

Domestic abuse has many forms, but is more prominently displayed in physical, emotional, psychological, financial and sexual abuse, an RCIP release states.

Those seeking assistance can contact the service’s Family Support Unit. The department, run by Inspector Claudia Brady, is staffed by highly trained officers dedicated to assisting residents and their children needing help. ‘Children who witness abuse are very likely to be affected both psychologically and physically,’ she said.

Inspector Brady said that FSU had an open door policy. ‘If you are in a situation and you feel like you don’t know what to do please realise that there is help available’.

The release further advised that abusers can also seek help from bodies such as the Probation Aftercare Unit. The agency helps and assists abusers to develop non-violent strategies to better resolve relationship issues.

Residents are encouraged to keep an eye out for details of forthcoming community meetings where they can meet with representatives from various agencies in person.

For more information on the fight against domestic violence contact the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Family Support Unit 946-9185, the Crisis Centre 943-2422, the Women’s Resource Centre 949-0006, or the Probation Aftercare Unit 949-1693.

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