Monday 11 November, 2019

‘Don’t hurt each other, seek help’: Parenting Commission expresses concern over spike in domestic, gender-based violence

The National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) notes with great concern the periodic reports of domestic and gender-based violence across our island, including brutal acts of murder committed against women.

In a statement this week, the NPSC said that “These acts of violence – whether they occur in the privacy of a home or within public spaces – are a reminder of the importance of educating and empowering members of our society on how to foster healthy loving relationships.”

“The Parenting Commission also wishes to underscore the serious negative impact on those who witness these acts, including our children,” the release added.

“We wish to encourage parents who have become victims of harmful or violent behavioural patterns exhibited by their partner, to seek professional assistance. This may also include seeking guidance and protection under the law through The Domestic Violence Act (1996).

The Parenting Commission also implores parents not to disregard the abuse of children within the household by their spouse or other adults, but to report such cases immediately to the relevant authorities. If we effectively reduce violence in our homes, this will have a positive effect on conduct outside the home, which will ultimately result in a reduction of societal violence.

We will continue to provide assistance through advocacy and partnership with other stakeholders to parents in need or are at risk of becoming victims of domestic and gender-based violence. The Parenting Commission also intends to play a crucial role in formulating a national response to these issues,” the group closed.

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