New police unit to handle domestic violence, child abuse cases

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – The government has set up a unit within the Police Force to handle cases related to domestic violence and child abuse.

Prime Minister and Minister of National Security Dr. Ralph Gonsalves told Parliament last week that the unit is located at the Questelles Police Station in South Leeward.

The task force was set up in keeping with the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons Act, passed in Parliament last year, Gonsalves said in response to a question asked on behalf of Sen. Anesia Baptise, who was absent.

The outfit, which has two members, initially, will be launched next month when the International Office of Migration conducts the second in a series of training sessions.

A total of 25 persons will be trained in the form of a trainer-of-trainers programme from April 11-13, with a third session slated to run from May to June.

Trainees will come from the Police Force, the Labour and Immigration Departments, the Director of Public Prosecution’s Office, the Ministries of National Mobilisation, National Security, and Foreign Affairs, VINSAVE, the National Workers Movement, the National Commission on Crime Prevention, the Coast Guard, and the Chief of Port Police.

Following the initial training at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in January, a report, containing recommendations, was submitted to the Ministry of National Security.

The new unit was expected to submit its first quarterly report by March 31, in keeping with the Act, Gonsalves said, adding that once the unit is fully established, the various functions, as outlined in the Act, will be operationalize.

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8 thoughts on “New police unit to handle domestic violence, child abuse cases

  1. With all the criminals employed by the Police, I suppose they must be able to find a few paedophiles in the force capable of running the new section.

    Miller do your best to put the right type of criminal police in charge.

    Posted by Peter | April 2, 2012, 08:44
  2. I wish to give my full appreciation for this step PM. Gonsalves… This is what the people need, well done Sir…further thanks to Sen. Anesia Baptiste for raising the question in Parliament on behalf of the people… When we work together we achieve more…

    Posted by Vincy to the Bone | April 2, 2012, 12:35
  3. This is a step in the right direction. I hope that this unit will help to protect children who are “left back” by migrating parents (especially single mothers) in the care of trusted individuals only to be victims of mental, physical and sexual abuse. This new unit will help to bring this ugly issue to the fore front. Good job SVG!!

    Posted by Jonathan | April 2, 2012, 17:47
  4. Hopefully they wnt be faced with a situation where one party cries rape/sexal abuse and the other says “it was only a reassuring Kiss”..but just in case they should be traned for such a situation

    Posted by Joe | April 3, 2012, 20:50
  5. Hopefully they wont be faced with a situation where one party cries rape/sexal abuse and the other says “it was only a reassuring Kiss”..but just in case they should be trained for such a situation,and how secure will the women’s crisis center be,if a politician is faced with domestic abuse,could he/she get at the woman at the center?It’s time to take domestic violence seriously,the police also need to be taught how to deal with domestic/sexual abuse when one of their own is the victim or perpetrator,should such a situation ever arise.

    Posted by Mafo | April 3, 2012, 20:56
  6. Will this force also be employed in situations such as the 4am rape or kissing fiasco?

    Will they be able to investigate the sex tourism resort at the financial centre building.

    Posted by Peter | April 4, 2012, 13:04
  7. Lets just hope they are better at their job than the farmers police have been, they have been unsucessful at stopping the rape and shagging of sheep, goats, even cases of cows. They actually got one conviction for the cow shagger, apparently he pleaded that he was a cowboy and therefore it was part of his job description. Although he was found guilty, I hear that he has been given a super new job with the ULP, which is normal i suppose.

    Gonsalves is a country boy from a rum shop, I wonder if he has ever kissed a cow on the neck? Just a thought, nothing in-fur-ed. [inferred].

    Posted by Peter | April 20, 2012, 07:21
  8. If you think what I previously wrote was funny, well it was but it is basicly true.

    Posted by Peter | April 21, 2012, 14:55

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