18 graduate from anti-violence programmes

Department of Probation and Aftercare staff recently presented certificates to 10 people who completed a 32-week Domestic Violence Intervention Programme; and to eight people who completed a 10-week Anger Management Programme.

All graduates signed a pledge indicating their commitment to personal change; to manage their anger; and to stop domestic violence, stated a GIS press release.

Both programmes were organised and facilitated by the Department of Probation and Aftercare with the support of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Family Support Unit; Women’s Resource Centre; Judicial Department; Counselling Centre; Crisis Centre; Department of Children and Family Services; and Ministry of Health and Human Services.

DPA Director Terese Echenique-Bowen informed the course participants that the graduation was just a beginning. ‘By implementing these skills that you have acquired, you will become part of the positive change in the community.’ she said.

Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale said, ‘These courses are designed with the aim that if you know better skills to manage anger or domestic issues, then you also will do better.’ She added that by participating in and completing these courses, ‘participants are able to retain their good characters and thus they have deserved to leave court without such criminal record that assumes actual sentence in prison.’

Several men expressed their gratitude for the programme, as well as the facilitators and participants. ‘Participating in this group was incredibly good,’ one said.

Added another, ‘This course gave an option to avoid being sentenced to prison, and life is all about choosing between different options. We are thankful for having an option to join these programmes.’

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For further information on Domestic Violence Intervention or Anger Management Programme please contact the Department of Probation and Aftercare at 949-1693.