Twenty-six government staffers have received additional training in dealing with domestic violence issues through an intervention training program hosted by the Family Resource Centre.
According to a press release from the Family Resource Centre, the training program involved police officers, social workers, probation officers and other frontline professionals from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, the Department of Children and Family Services, Department of Education, Department of Community Rehabilitation, Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Community Affairs, Department of Counselling Services, Northward Prison, as well as community volunteers.
The three-day training program was facilitated by Family Resource Centre trainers Brenda Dawkins, Charmaine Miller and Cindy Blekaitis. Deputy Commissioner of Police Anthony Ennis expressed his appreciation to course trainers and presented participants with training certificates.
During training, participants looked at the question “Why doesn’t she just leave?” A spokesperson for the Family Resource Centre said this training allowed frontline professionals to understand the various pressures that a victim of domestic violence undergoes and why the answer to that question is not that simple.
The session also aimed to enhance participants’ understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence, and increasing their sensitivity to persons who are victims of domestic violence. The program also offers the various representatives an opportunity to develop stronger professional relationships with partner agencies and to learn how to use local resources efficiently, the spokesperson added.
According to the Resource Centre, external facilitators from various agencies also presented a summary on how their agencies work with victims and perpetrators, examined the Domestic Violence Law and the legal process, as well as what services are in place.
The Domestic Violence Intervention Training program was introduced in 17 Caribbean countries in 2000 and since then frontline professionals in the Cayman Islands have been receiving training in this area. During the 2000-2014 period, approximately 500 RCIPS officers, social workers, immigration officers, teachers, health professionals, and human services professionals completed the program in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac.
The Family Resource Centre coordinates at least one training session per quarter with participants from all three islands. The next training will be held in December.
For further information about the Domestic Violence Intervention Training program, contact [email protected] or call 949-0006.