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Oct 8, 2020

Attorney-at-law Sounds Off on Shyne Barrow’s Alleged Case of Domestic Violence

Attorney-at-law Audrey Matura has also weighed in on the matter, pointing out that despite Catherine Barrow’s attempt to retract her statement, there is a medico-legal form that shows that there is a case of harm.  Matura says that the complaint against Shyne Barrow doesn’t auger well for his political career.  Matura also told reporters on Wednesday that she has experienced domestic abuse before and that it is a vicious cycle that many women don’t walk away from until it is too late. She hopes that this reported incident is used to shine a light on the wider issue of gender-base violence that must be addressed in Belize.

 

Audrey Matura

Audrey Matura, Attorney-at-law

“She, for the first time as I know, made the bold move to go to the police. The medico-legal form doesn’t lie. He could go and destroy it all he wants. The record is there and they could destroy it but it will never change the fact that Mrs. Catherine Barrow went to the police; got a medico-legal form and the doctor certified it as harm – that will never change the fact. The fact that some people have criticized her to stay is really unjust because you would have to be in an abusive relationship and understand the cycle of abuse to know that it is not easy to leave.  So, we have to put it into perspective. It doesn’t matter what laws we pass against domestic violence and abuse. What the country has failed to do is to have the social support to teach young men and women from they are at the developmental stage which is from zero to seven years, how to appreciate themselves, how to love themselves and how to respect themselves. You can have that instituted in schools from them to understand. We have not taken the time to develop our people with that mentality. In fact, there was a time I was growing up when they used to say if ih nuh beat me, ih nuh love me – that is how accepting we had become of abuse.   Now, they would want it to just slip by – it cannot just slip by. And they don’t like that the attention is on them – maybe it is unfair but you are a public figure. But the attention on them should also mean that the attention is on every poor woman, child or man who is being abused that nobody I paying attention to. We do not have the support system in this country and it is really awful that when we see people in political office or seeking political power with that attitude – my philosophy has always been that if a man cannot respect the woman and child he has or children he has and be truthful, accountable and transparent to them, I cannot expect then that me, John Public, a stranger, you will have any higher regard for me.”


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