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Mar 2, 2016

BA1 Donates to Domestic Violence Unit

A donation of data gathering equipment valued at roughly one hundred and eighty-four thousand dollars has been handed over to the ministries of health and national security, including the Belize Police Department.  The reason for the generous contribution is to strengthen the capacity of those government agencies responsible for collecting and analyzing data on violence against women, as well as human trafficking.  The handing over of the equipment took place under the BA1 Project.  Non-Commissioned Officer Martha Rhys, head of the Domestic Violence Unit, spoke with the media about the donation.

 

Martha Rhys, Domestic Violence Unit

Martha Rhys

“In partnership with the United Nations Population Fund both organizations donated these much needed items such as, laptops, projectors, cameras, we have a DVD writer and we have wireless projector along with all the necessary equipment needed for it. And as such it was handed over to the family violence unit because it deals with the prevention of violence against women and it has to do with the collection of data, to assist in the collection of data. These items were much needed and as such, it’s not that everybody cannot get one so we decided to do one for the Northern Zone, one for the Western and do one for Eastern Division as a whole. So this morning we organized with the regional commanders and we have P.C. Campos from Orange Walk which is the northern regional division which will be receiving these on behalf of the Domestic Violence Unit in Orange Walk. We have W Corporal Sheena Jones who will be receiving the items for the Western regional Zone, the person from Dangriga he is not yet here but these items will be handed over to them. One of the challenges we face as we all know when it comes to the prevention of violence, each person on a whole has to do their part when it comes to these types of reports. Although the reports are made; sometimes we have that they go to the court and say that they no longer wish to proceed with the matter and that is one of our biggest challenge. That and the understanding of what is domestic violence and the cycle of it knowing that some persons when it comes to the means of survival on their own, most of them are dependents on their other half and we know that is one of our biggest challenges. We don’t have many houses that safeguard women and not just speaking of women when we speak of that because we also know that men go through these issues. But eighty-five percent of the people who experience domestic violence are women and that is one of our biggest challenges.”

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