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Jan 6, 2016

A Workshop on Domestic Violence Sensitization

Violence against the elderly is cause for deep concern and so is violence against women. A two-day symposium aimed at preparing organizations, as well as other agencies, to deal with women who are victims of domestic violence culminated today in Belize City.  The training workshop, part of the BA1 Project which was formally launched in May 2015, saw the participation of a cross-section of men and women from various government departments.  According to coordinator Diana Shaw, the most important aspect of the session is the awareness that domestic violence remains a widespread issue across all levels of the Belizean society.

 

Diana Shaw, Child Development Foundation

“This is a training session that we are doing under the BA1 Project which is with the Women’s Department and the sessions are about violence against women and we are doing specialized equipping for agencies and organizations such as shelters and safe homes that work directly with women who have experienced violence and we are also building some capacity.  We are providing tools to help them to help women to identify the risks of violence that they are in, how to develop a safety plan, how to be able to determine when they should leave and what’s a safe time to do that, what is available to them in terms of their legal rights and what are the services that other agents provide.  We are doing a two-day training and today is day two of the training.”

 

Diana Shaw

Isani Cayetano

“What is one of the more important takeaways from this particular training session?”

 

Diana Shaw

“What we want women to identify is that one: domestic violence is a very prevalent issue.  It is not something that is random or something that is only happening to certain people or sometimes people think that it is only happening in places where people are not formally educated or where they have economic difficulties but it is not the case.  Domestic violence affects every level of society.  It affects people who are formally educated, people who are informally educated, it affects people who have high income situations, people with low income situations.  We want for agencies to expand their awareness of this issue, to start to target people that before we were not capturing in our service delivery because we were not seeing that they were victims or survivors of violence but now we want to have a widened perspective of those persons.  We have also developed a care model protocol which we are commissioned to do under the BA1 Project to house agencies can provide effective intervention and this training is about providing the different parts and components of that care model protocol to the agencies.  And so far I think that it has been really good, we have been hearing the experiences that agencies have been having on the ground.  They are seeing how some of these tools can add to what they are already doing and they are also providing a network for other agencies and informing other persons who are here about what they are doing so that in the future people can refer to them for services.”

 

The workshop was hosted at the Belize Training and Employment Center conference room.

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