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Police turn to Protection Orders to safeguard abuse victims

Police have begun using court-issued Protection Orders to keep domestic violence offenders away from their victims, in cases where the abused individuals cannot or will not apply for such an order themselves.

RCIPS logs 1,876 domestic violence reports in 9 months

Cayman’s domestic violence reports appear to be continuing the upward trajectory it has been on over the last couple of year as reports at the close of September were just shy of the 2000 mark.

Dealing with domestic violence

Global statistics show that a domestic violence survivor sustains an average of 33 assaults before seeking help, but those at the Family Resource Centre are equipping Cayman’s frontline staffers to provide a platform for local victims to come forward before getting to that stage of violence.

Domestic violence webinar organised

The Department of Counselling Services’ Family Resource Centre will host a Domestic Violence Intervention Training Programme webinar this month.
Police Commissioner Derek Byrne

Police note spike in domestic violence

Domestic violence reports have started to increase as Cayman continues its lock down in response to COVID-19.

Immigration abuse an emerging domestic-violence trend

Immigration abuse has emerged as a growing trend in the Cayman Islands, according to local domestic-violence support groups.

Spotlight on domestic violence

Local advocacy groups are set to mark 16 days of activism against gender-based violence this month to shine the light on domestic abuse. Last year Cayman recorded over 2,200 domestic-violence cases and the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said they expect that number to be surpassed by the end of the year as they have already registered 1,900 cases through August.

Ending the cycle of abuse

The Cayman Compass shines the spotlight on domestic violence in the Cayman Islands. In this feature peice one domestic violence recounts her experiences before she broke the cycle of abuse.

Wife declines to give evidence in domestic abuse case

A man charged with indecently assaulting his wife was acquitted in the Grand Court Friday after the woman told prosecutors she did not wish to give evidence.

BPW Silent Witness march to mark 19th anniversary

As the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Grand Cayman gets set to mark its 19th Silent Witness March, it is urging everyone to...

Man pleads guilty in domestic violence assault

Camilo Osvaldo Naranjo pleaded guilty in Summary Court on Monday to assault causing actual bodily harm for an incident in which he allegedly kicked his former girlfriend in the face.

Man bailed in domestic violence case

A Bodden Town man was granted bail Tuesday following a weekend domestic violence incident that included wounding and damage to property.

Burglary rate hits 18-year low

Police are crediting the arrest and imprisonment of a significant number of prolific offenders with causing a sharp drop in the burglary rate across the Cayman Islands.

Journalist shares story of strength and survival

Ten years ago, Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout was abducted and held captive by insurgents in Somalia for 460 days in an effort to extort ransom money.

Husband jailed for domestic violence

There was a time when wife-beating was rarely spoken of, rarely reported and rarely punished, but spouses and domestic partners are entitled to protection from violence just as strangers are, Magistrate Valdis Foldats said in a recent sentencing hearing.

New court to fast-track domestic violence cases

A specialist domestic violence court has been established to fast-track a growing number of abuse cases through the court system.

Estella’s Place expands vision, reach of Crisis Centre

The Crisis Centre has a new public face that will enable the expansion of therapeutic and youth services for male and female clients. Estella’s Place opened last week, launching the Teen and Young Adults Lounge, aftercare and outreach programs, an expanded crisis call center, and a café meeting area.

Domestic violence spikes as holidays near

Domestic violence reports spiked this month, with an average of three or four calls a night, according to police.

Free domestic violence intervention training workshop

The Family Resource Centre is holding a three-day Domestic Violence Intervention Training Programme workshop Nov. 29 to Dec. 1.

Lecturers to address discrimination, domestic abuse

Two visiting professors will speak on the subjects of gender discrimination and domestic violence next week at the Harquail Theatre. Verene Shepherd and Dalea Bean will be speaking as part of the University of the West Indies Open Campus’s Roaming Professors Series.

Civil servants join domestic abuse campaign

Civil servants joined with the Business and Professional Women’s Club Friday to make a symbolic stand against domestic violence Friday at the Government Administration Building.

‘Silent Witness’ march scheduled

A “Silent Witness” march to highlight domestic violence and bullying will be held next week. Marchers will gather outside the courthouse at Heroes Square in downtown George Town on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Kidnap victim to share message of hope

Lillian Rose Lee, who was kidnapped at age 21 and held captive in her abductor’s house for more than 11 years, will speak at a Cayman Islands Crisis Centre fundraiser on Friday.

‘Wild’ author Cheryl Strayed inspires at fundraiser for Crisis Centre

Cheryl Strayed, author of the New York Times bestselling memoir “Wild,” spoke to a crowd of over 470 people at a fundraising event for the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre Thursday.
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EDITORIAL – The secret shame of domestic abuse

The killing of 21-year-old Nichelle Anna-Kay Thomas is a tragedy that could — and should — have been prevented.

Crisis Centre ‘haunted’ by murder-suicide case

A woman who was killed by her abusive partner had reached out for help in the months before her death, the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre has revealed.
The scene of February 2014's murder-suicide in Bodden Town. Photo: Brent Fuller

Coroner’s jury deliver unlawful killing, suicide verdicts in couple’s deaths

A coroner’s jury in the inquest into the deaths of Nichelle Anna-Kay Thomas and Devon Roy Campbell on Friday found Ms. Thomas was unlawfully killed and died of multiple chop wounds, while her boyfriend Mr. Campbell committed suicide by hanging himself.

Inquest: Neighbors offered shelter to abused woman

A young woman described as being abused by her boyfriend was given shelter by neighbors the month before she was killed, a coroner’s jury heard this week.
The scene of February 2014's murder-suicide in Bodden Town. Photo: Brent Fuller

Inquest: Police officers tell of domestic incident calls to couple’s home

A coroner’s jury in the inquest into the deaths of Nichelle Anna-Kay Thomas and Devon Roy Campbell heard from three police officers who had responded to calls to the couple’s home on separate occasions.

Cayman business in brief

JTC Cayman completes GAM acquisition; Tickets to be issued for business licensing offenses; Digicel makes Crisis Centre donation; Elian adds to commercial team; Corporate lawyer joins Carey Olsen

Young singer on 80-country anthem challenge visits Cayman

Eleven-year-old Capri Everitt’s mission to raise $1 million for abandoned, destitute and orphaned children will bring her to Grand Cayman on Friday, where she will sing Cayman’s national song as part of a nine-month journey around the world.

Patrick Stewart visit rescheduled

The much-anticipated keynote speaker of this weekend’s Business and Professional Women’s Club international conference, Sir Patrick Stewart, has had to bow out of the event due to medical reasons.

Activists march in silence against abuse and bullying

Dozens of local activists marched in silence through George Town on Monday evening to spread a simple message: Love shouldn’t hurt.

March against domestic violence set for Monday night

To protest the growing number of women in Cayman being abused by their partners or acquaintances, the Business and Professional Women’s Club has scheduled a Silent Witness March at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

'Men-only' sessions to address domestic issues

Domestic violence, conflict resolution and the responsibilities of husbands and fathers will be among the topics discussed at a symposium this weekend.

Domestic violence court sees support from Crisis Centre

The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre has backed calls for a specialist court to fast-track domestic violence cases.

Criminal justice report: What it really says

The U.K. adviser's new report on criminal justice in the Cayman Islands is rather "understated." But that doesn't mean we should understate its importance.

Children and Family Services director retires

After a 33-year career in the Cayman Islands civil service, Alicia “Jen” Dixon retires Tuesday from her post as director of Children and Family Services.

Review calls for domestic violence court

A specialist domestic violence court to fast-track a growing number of abuse cases has been proposed by a review of the Cayman Islands criminal justice system.

Crime drops overall in first half, but burglaries spike

Burglaries and attempted burglaries continue to be the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service’s primary stumbling block in reducing crime in the islands.

'Trekkie' party Boldly going where no party has gone before

The Business and Professional Women’s Club of Grand Cayman held a Star Trek-themed fundraiser at Icoa restaurant on Friday evening.

Cayman's fear factor must be repudiated and eliminated

There are likely murderers (plural) roaming freely in the Cayman Islands, untried and unaccountable for their homicidal actions. This is directly attributable to Cayman’s prevalent culture of silence and perceived retribution.

Man jailed for abusive texts

A man who sent threatening text messages to his ex-girlfriend was sentenced to 13 months in prison Monday.

Children and Family Services director retires

Alicia "Jen" Dixon is retiring from her government post after 33 years of service effective Sept. 1.

'Star Trek' actor to speak at Cayman conference

Sir Patrick Stewart will be the keynote speaker at the Business and Professional Women's Club conference in November.

Crisis Centre elects new executive committee

The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre elected a new executive committee at its annual general meeting.

Man acquitted of threatening to kill his mother

A man was discharged last week after a Grand Court judge entered a not guilty verdict on a charge of threatening to kill his mother in September 2014, but put in place a protection order.

Overall crime down, speeding tickets up

Overall crime in the Cayman Islands is headed down so far this year, but traffic offenses are on the rise.

US activist Erin Brockovich to speak at fundraiser

Erin Brockovich, an activist and inspiration for the award-winning biographical film, will speak at a luncheon on March 25 to benefit the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre.

Self-defense training for women offered

To celebrate International Women's Day and mark 12 years since the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre opened its doors, Cayman Krav Maga is hosting a self-defense class and fundraiser.

Cayman has 'legal duty' to amend discriminatory laws

It is “legally and morally unacceptable” for the Cayman Islands not to adapt its laws to remove discrimination against homosexuals, the islands’ Human Rights Commission has warned.

Crime jumps 13 percent

Overall, crime in the Cayman Islands, from burglary to trespassing, increased by 13 percent in 2014 compared to 2013, according to police statistics.

Professionals trained in domestic violence issues

Government professionals are trained in dealing with domestic violence issues.

March raises awareness of abuse

The 2014 Silent Witness March, which took place Saturday Oct. 18, had the theme 'Peace begins at Home.'

Anti-bullying events to be held this week

The Family Resource Centre is hosting its anti bullying conference: “Take a Stand” at the George Town library on Wednesday.

Armed robberies in tourism district

A pair of armed robberies this week in high visibility tourism areas concern local business owners.

Silent march highlights domestic violence

The 14th annual Silent Witness March to raise awareness on domestic violence takes place on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Former chief magistrate sworn in as TCI chief justice

Cayman's former chief magistrate, Margaret Ramsay-Hale, was sworn in this week as chief justice in the Turks and Caicos.

Business in brief

A roundup of local business briefs.

Man accused of attacking ex-girlfriend with machete

A man on Cayman Brac was arrested Saturday after he allegedly attacked his ex-girlfriend and her partner with a machete.

Petty offenses drive up crime rate

Burglary reports haven't increased so far this year, but overall crime has.

Surge in domestic violence during World Cup

An increase in domestic violence in Cayman over the past month has been attributed to the World Cup.

Hedge fund women help Crisis Centre

The 100 Women in Hedge Funds organisation has raised over US$26,000 for the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre to assist Cayman's vulnerable women and children

Another top ranking immigration officer arrested

A senior immigration officer is arrested in connection with what police said was a domestic violence-related attack.

Cayman celebrates the Queen’s 88th birthday

George Town was transformed into a site of much pomp and ceremony on Saturday when it hosted a parade and awards ceremony in honor of the 88th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.

Abusive relationship seminar to be hosted

The Family Resource Centre will host a domestic violence intervetion training program on dynamics of abusive relationships.

Cayman women step out for Crisis Centre

Women invited to spend "A Day in my Shoes" to raise funds for women's shelter.

Summary Court facing backlog

Cayman's Summary Courts are dealing with a backlog of 1,230 cases from last year.

Business in brief

A roundup of local business news.

Bollywood comes alive at fundraiser for Crisis Centre

Beautiful Bollywood Actress Aishwarya Rai.- who will be your 'Bollywood inspiration' at the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre Gala on March 15.?


A Day in my Shoes: Take 2

San Francisco based photographer Amy Martin-Friedman is returning to Cayman to help raise funds for the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre

New occupational therapist on island

A new occupational therapist, Dr. Mona Kazemi, has joined the KidsAbility team.

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