Training held for violence intervention

The Family Resource Centre recently hosted a domestic violence intervention training programme for police officers, social workers, and other frontline professionals.

The three-day programme was aimed at enhancing local professionals’ ability to deal with domestic violence issues and 16 people from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service,, the Department of Children and Family Services, and the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre took part.

Police Commissioner David Baines presented course certificates at the training session at the Red Cross headquarters in George Town last month.

‘The domestic violence intervention training programme is valuable for it aims to enhance understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence, and at increasing sensitivity to the victims,’ he said.

The programme also offered attendees an opportunity to develop stronger professional relationships with partner agencies and to learn how to use local resources efficiently.

‘It is easy to ask, ‘Why doesn’t she just leave?” said Family Resource Centre Programme Officer Miriam Foster. ‘But this training aims to have frontline professionals understand the pressures that a victim of domestic violence experiences and why the answer to that question is not so simple.’

Other trainers included Cindy Blekaitis and Hylton Grace from the Family Resource Centre and police detective inspector Claudia Brady.

Staff from the Centre coordinate at least one session per quarter on Grand Cayman and training is also to be held on Cayman Brac.

This training is an update of the 2000 version that was earlier introduced in 17 Caribbean countries. Coordinated within each country by locally-based professionals, Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action oversaw the implementation of the programme.

Between 2000 and 2004 in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, some 300 RCIPS and immigration officers, social workers, and health and human services professionals completed the original programme, according to organisers.