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Magistrates, Police, others in training to fight domestic violence

vilenceAt the Pegasus Hotel, police prosecutors, probation, welfare and child-care Officers, Non-Governmental Organisations and some civil society groups met to be schooled in Guyana’s laws against domestic violence and what procedures they should take in enforcing those laws. The acting Chancellor of the Judiciary Carl Singh explained to them the importance of what they do in fighting domestic violence, which he said is at an alarming rate in this country.

They prosecutors, probation officers and rights groups were the first to be targeted in the training seminar organized by theSupreme Court in partnership with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges Association based in London, England.

Women’s rights activist Karen DeSouza said all relevant authorities need to work together to address the problem. She pointed to s common hindrances, citing the case of a rape victim at a doctor’s office an example of the problems faced by victims.

DeSouza said that women are often more vulnerable than men in violent relationships and face various pressures to stay in an abusive relationship.

On Wednesday, Magistrates will be specially trained in laws related to domestic violence and how these should be enforced.

The seminar is being conducted by experts from Guyana, the Caribbean and further afield.

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