Everyone deserves the right to live a life free of violence. Established in 2003, the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre is the first – and only – women’s shelter for the victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault in the Cayman Islands. A non-Government charitable organisation, the Crisis Centre dedicates itself to raising awareness of abuse through community education and assistance to all its victims, with an aim to eradicate domestic and sexual abuse in our community.
The Crisis Centre shelter provides safety and confidentiality for abused women and their children. Support includes 24-hour security, an emergency hotline and vital in-house programming, including individual and group counselling, support groups, transitional assistance in housing, job skills, referral services, parenting education and healthy lifestyle workshops. An in-house teacher aids shelter children to continue their education, as well as art therapy, tutoring, student assessment and the co-ordination and development of after-school activities.
Last year, the Crisis Centre received 131 crisis calls and sheltered 30 women and 35 children, which included providing them with meals, clothing and other daily essentials as they made their way to lives free from abuse.
The Crisis Centre partners with a number of local agencies, including the Women’s Resource Centre, Her Majesty’s Prison, Probation Department, Department of Children and Family Services, Family Support Unit and Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. However, from electricity bill payment to food vouchers, the Crisis Centre relies on support and donations from the local community for over half of its annual needs.
Embrace the spirit of the giving season and donate money at Camana Bay Christmas Give collection boxes located in participating Town Centre merchants. Donations will help the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre to continue their admirable work throughout the holidays and beyond.
The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre is set to launch a new website at www.cicc.ky to celebrate the organisation’s largest fundraising event of the year, the 10th Annual Jingle Bell Walk/Run on Saturday, 9 December.
For more information on the Crisis Centre, contact [email protected] or call 949-0366. To access the 24-hour crisis line, call 943-CICC (2422).