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APNU calls for the establishment of an Interpersonal Violence Unit to deal with domestic violence

apnu on domestic violenceSpeaking at the APNU’s weekly Press conference, Former Police Commissioner Winston Felix, said that while domestic violence has been the main act that results in either murder or suicide, there are other forms of violence that are affecting the society.

Felix reminded that the Guyana Police Force has long promised to install a Central Domestic Violence Unit at its Headquarters and at divisional, sub-divisional and station levels.

Over the last four weeks Guyana has seen an upsurge of interpersonal violence. The latest case being the death of a Plaisance man Clifford Singh, also known as ‘Yaka”, who it is alleged, was beaten with a piece of wood by his reputed wife and left for dead on the roadway in front of his Lot 28 Prince William Street home.

According to Felix, these sorts of horrific murders cannot continue to go on.

Opposition Leader David Granger believes the establishment of the Inter-Personal Violence Unit should be institutionalized and should serve as the main hub in processing reports in relation to violence acts committed in the homes and in the communities.

APNU said while they can bring a motion to Parliament for such an arrangement, they will have to do so when Parliament resumes in October. But Granger said that the party will be pushing for is a national conversation on the matter with the expectation that Government will be proactive in dealing with the issue.

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