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Oct 5, 2020

Domestic Violence Report Made Against U.D.P. Standard Bearer Shyne Barrow

Shyne Barrow, the son of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, was accused of domestic violence by his wife.  Catherine Barrow claimed that the U.D.P. standard bearer for Mesopotamia had attacked her on Saturday when she wanted to visit her family in San Ignacio. But within twenty-four hours she recanted her statement, saying she had exaggerated, though a medico form classified her injuries as harm. Here is News Five’s Duane Moody with a report.


Duane Moody, Reporting

The leaked report surfaced on social media on Sunday and within hours went viral that U.D.P. standard bearer for the Mesopotamia division was involved in a domestic dispute with his wife. On October third, Shyne Barrow reportedly stomped his wife, Catherine on the back, causing her to hit a wall, Shyne was enraged that she planned to visit her family in Cayo. According to the police report, a medico legal form was issued to his wife and her injuries were classified as harm.


Shyne Barrow

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“Yes a report was received on Saturday night, however, it was a future reference report that required no court action. However, the report was still entered into our system. She also was seeking some sort of relief from the family court in that regard in relation to the said incident. And she later came back yesterday and withdrew that report she had given.”


In a retraction statement issued by Catherine, she claims to have exaggerated an argument due to hurt and anger.  Now, there are independent actions that can be taken by the Police Department based on reports made and charges could be leveled against the perpetrator. But that is not going to happen in this case, says Assistant Commissioner Joseph Myvett.


Joseph Myvett

ACP Joseph Myvett

“In such a case, it won’t be from the onset that the person is saying that I am making this report not for the purposes of court action. Those reports that are carried forward is where the complainants would give a report and request court action and then come back and later want to withdraw those complaints.”



“She rescinded this report according to you and according to a statement that she has circulated. Obviously you don’t want to victimize the victim, but is that something for which someone can be charged for a mischievous act or something like that?”


ACP Joseph Myvett

“No, not at this point in time. It would not have been a mischievous act if someone gave a report which is not false. It would probably have fall under the offense of a mischievous act had the report been a false report.”


Gender-based violence against women affects one in three women in their lifetime. Violence can happen to every woman no matter age, education, employment, status, or culture. Regardless of the public figure, the incident, says Executive Director of the National Women’s Commission, Cynthia Williams, highlights a social issue that has been plaguing many countries, including Belize.


Cynthia Williams, Executive Director, National Women’s Commission

“It doesn’t really matter where it comes from or who the perpetrator is, at the end of the day, it is wrong and we must address it from that standpoint and be able to provide the survivor with options and services and the support that helps them to be able to move away from that, learn helplessness to a certain extent. Because a lot of times, through the process, through manipulation, through coercion, survivors and victims who are still in those situations feel their helpless and they make those reports. They can also go back and be able to at some point rationalize the abuse. In some instances, they use the aspect of whether the person was too drunk, whether the person uses drugs, whether they themselves are responsible of the abuse.”


On social media today, there are varying opinions being shared as a result of this incident. It is something Cynthia Williams says is also sometimes difficult to appreciate.


Cynthia Williams

Cynthia Williams

“It is something that is very difficult to understand for many people; for families who see loved ones who are experienced to violence in their homes and feel they are unable to provide assistance and so forth. One of the things that we have to understand is that when it comes to the issue of domestic violence it is very complex. It is an issue that has been plaguing Belize and many other countries for many years. It stems out from socialization, our cultural norms and things that we believe, both men and women and so that’s one of the reasons why it is so difficult for persons to be able to address it in ways that are long lasting and why often many times victims/survivors tend to go back to the situation. We know that there are issues of physical abuse, emotional abuse, psychological abuse and economic abuse. So those are all points and areas that people have to understand that play a role in terms of how people react in making that one report.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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