Intervention programme students graduate

Sixteen individuals made up the graduating class of the Domestic Violence Intervention Training Programme on Thursday, 15 December.

The trainees were recognised for demonstrating commitment, increased knowledge and success throughout the three, full-day sessions. During the ceremony, graduates received certificates reflecting their completion of the programme.

Offered by the Department of Counselling Services’ Family Resource Centre, the programme is sensitivity training targeted for professionals who interact with victims of domestic violence. The programme also aims to educate persons about domestic violence and its surrounding issues, while providing them appropriate responses to violence.

Guest speaker Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Commissioner David Baines gave opening remarks at the ceremony. The commissioner shared his professional experiences as a witness to many domestic violence acts and presented ways in which individuals, including agencies and the community, may help prevent these offences.

The graduates come from various government agencies, such as Department of Community Rehabilitation, Her Majesty’s Prison Service, National Road Authority, Department of Counselling Services, Youth Services Commission and Family Support Unit.

“I am delighted to see the range of agencies involved in this programme as this is in keeping with the philosophy that underpinned the decision to introduce DVITP in Cayman,” said Judith Seymour, director of counselling services. “The intention was to train professionals across many disciplines so that victims would have greater access to persons throughout our community who would understand the cycle of domestic violence, its effects on victims and their families, and be knowledgeable about the resources available in our community to assist.”

Miriam Foster, the Family Resource Centre’s acting programme coordinator, said domestic violence intervention training can make positive changes in the community and can help to empower others.

“A special thanks to the programme facilitators. Their hard work and passion will continue to inspire future participants,” she said.

If you are interested in participating in DVITP, contact the Family Resource Centre at 949-0006. The sessions take place every quarter throughout the year and it is anticipated that the next training programme will be offered during the spring.

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