Professionals work to end domestic violence

Front-line professionals receive sensitivity training

Ten professionals who deal with victims of domestic violence recently completed a three-day course offered by the Family Resource Centre. 

The course is designed to help police officers, social workers, church staff and others in their understanding of the dynamics of violence in the home setting, said facilitator Brenda Dawkins. It provides sensitivity training for these professionals, so they will be better equipped to interact with the victims, she indicated. 

The course that ran 3-5 April attracted participants from the Health Services Authority, Priestleys Attorneys at Law and the Department of Community Rehabilitation as well police officers and members of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.  

Commissioner of Police David Baines attended to show his support, as he has previously.  

Formally known as the Domestic Violence Intervention Training Programme, the course was facilitated by Ms Dawkins, Cindy Blekaitis and Dale Avery.  

The training is offered at least three times per year in Grand Cayman and there are tentative plans for another in Cayman Brac, Ms Dawkins said. 

Courses started locally in 2000 and are based on an initiative that was introduced earlier in 17 Caribbean countries. The Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action oversaw the implementation of the programme, which was coordinated within each country by locally-based professionals (Caymanian Compass, 15 November 2009). 

 

For more information contact the Family Resource Centre of the Department of Counselling Services, 949-0006 

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Course participants celebrate their completion of the programme with, seated from left, coordinator Miriam Foster, Commissioner of Police David Baines, facilitators Brenda Dawkins and Dale Avery. – Photo: Submitted