An abuse hotline will soon be established here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG).
The Gender Affairs Division of the Ministry of National Mobilization et al, is currently hosting sixteen days of activism against gender-based violence from November 25 – December 10, 2020, under the theme; “Orange the world: fund, respond, prevent, collect!”
During a recent interview with Tha Fugitive, Director of the Gender Affairs Division, LaFleur Quammie announced that the division will on December 7, 2020, launch a child and domestic abuse hotline.
“We are in the process of establishing a child abuse and domestic abuse hotline. Persons can be able to report, ask for guidance and advice in a safe space without having to disclose their names and so on.”
“We know we have mandatory reporters,” Quammie continued, “…police, teachers, nurses and so on, but we wanted ordinary Vincentians. If you see something, you say. You may not want to go to the police for some reason, you don’t want the perpetrator to know that it was you, so you can be able to call. So we are in the process of establishing those hotlines.”
In collaboration with Dominica and Guyana, and supported by the UNDP EnGenDer Project, the Gender Affairs Division is hosting a two day Regional training workshop under the theme: “Mental Health and psychological services; The role of Hotline Counselling “, as apart of its sixteen days of activism against gender-based violence.
“The 1st and 2nd (of December), we are going to start the process in training our advocates, those persons who are going to answer the phone and our partners, when we are going to refer the calls,” Quammie shared.
Quammie made an appeal to the government: “I am counting on the government in this new term to put, no only stiffer penalties in place but turning around the cases more faster. Maybe if we have another court for sexual offences… that can speed up the process.”
“We need a sexual offences registry. Even if it’s not public, it’s a deterrent. So if you know you do something and you don’t want your name there, don’t do it.”
“We need to name and shame them,” Quammie expressed.