Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon. Ronnie Skelton announced that the men in the community are heeding the call and responding to the message against domestic violence.
In announcing that the call for the cycle to be broken has been harkened, Hon. Skelton said: “We now provide services for men who are brought before the Court for domestic violence offences. I am very pleased with the report received that of the 83 men that have completed the Partnership for Peace programme ran by the Office of Gender Affairs, only one participant has been brought back before the Court on related charges,” Minister Skelton disclosed.
In his message in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month Minister Skelton noted that this October marks the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Domestic Violence Protocol.
The Minister highlighted the importance of the Protocol and explained that Government agencies continue to honour the pledge to ensure that domestic violence cases are handled professionally, and with the utmost sensitivity.
Minister Skelton also used the opportunity to reach out to abusive men in the community: “To men who abuse women …seek help to change your life for the better…I issue this challenge to all men. Take a stand and let our voices be heard to change the way our community looks at domestic violence. While it is everyone’s responsibility to speak up, the loudest voices may come from men.”
“While the risk to women is higher, and women’s injuries tend to be more severe, a significant number of men, children, and older people are directly affected by domestic abuse as well. We all have a role to play,” he added.