October 12, 2021 | Zhane Squire |
The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange has said the Government of Jamaica is continuing to utilize “a whole of Government approach” to tackle Domestic Violence (DV), which is a local and international dilemma.
Minister Grange was speaking on the occasion of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative Virtual Handover of six new Domestic Violence Intervention Centres (DVICs) on October 7, 2021.
Miss Grange said: ” Through the Bureau of Gender Affairs within my Ministry, the Gender Mainstreaming programme works closely with key stakeholders, such as the Jamaica Constabulary Force, to effectively respond to domestic violence to create a safe and more equitable society.
“I have reserved a place for the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s DVIC on the Gender Advisory Council to work with us on the implementation of the National Strategic Action Plan to Eliminate GBV in Jamaica.
“I have also written to the JCF to provide updates on our National Shelter Strategy and they have responded with the appropriate officers to provide support.
“The JCF must be acknowledged and commended for the strategic application of the Five Pillar Strategy for Crime Prevention and Citizen Security. The momentum is gathering locally, regionally and intentionally.
“I am proud also of the progress that my Ministry has made to get tabled the approved amendments for the Domestic Violence Act.
“The approved amendments have already been through two rounds of review between my Ministry and the Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel Currently, we are awaiting feedback from the Attorney General’s Chambers, subsequent to which, we will table the Bill in Parliament.