Let’s Talk About: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Domestic ViolenceCRIME STOPPERS DOMINICA provides a confidential crime reporting service that gives everyone the opportunity to report about any type of crime including cases of domestic violence by calling 1800 8477 (TIPS) or by submitting a tip online at crimestoppersdominica.org.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE can be perpetrated against anyone regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, social class or religion; however, statistics show that domestic violence is mostly perpetrated against women. It refers to the victimization of an individual by an abuser who seeks to gain power and control over the victim.  There are many forms of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE which can be physical, psychological, or emotional verbal, economic or sexual in nature – ALL of which constitute crime.

 

HOW CAN I TELL IF A PERSON I KNOW IS EXPERIENCING ABUSE?

Here are some signposts to domestic abuse:

  •  Physical Violenceincludes pushing, slapping, hitting, kicking, biting, locking you out of the house, throwing objects at you, abandoning you in dangerous places and refusing to help when you are pregnant, injured or sick. The victim may attempt to conceal physical injuries with makeup.
  • Psychological or emotional violence includes bullying, harassment, isolation, ridiculing, intimidation, controlling who a person can associate with or what they can wear and joking about their sexuality.
  • Verbal abuse involves yelling, name-calling, criticizing, laying blame, humiliating you, and teasing you about things you are sensitive about.
  • In the case of financial abuse, the abuser restricts the victim’s access to finances to pay for necessities. Withholding your paychecks or your own funds, refusing to pay child support or depleting accounts are forms of financial violence.
  • Sexual Violence includes all sexual activities that are forced upon someone without their consent.  This includes verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature and rape, commercial sexual exploitation and the trafficking of women, girls or boys.

Because of the above, in some cases, the abused becomes reclusive, socially awkward and visibly nervous especially in the company of the abuser.

 

HELP STOP DOMESTIC ABUSE:

Do you have information about a domestic abuse situation or have concerns regarding a victim of domestic abuse but are worried about being identified if you speak out? Crime Stoppers Dominica (CSD) makes it easier for you to break the silence around domestic abuse.

 

CONTACTING CRIME STOPPERS DOMINICA:

To anonymously report cases of domestic abuse, call Crime Stoppers Dominica at                              1800 8477 (TIPS) toll free or submit a tip online at crimestoppersdominica.org. The call centre is located outside of Dominica and agents are available 24/7 to take reports.

Your information will be dealt with sensitively, and then put into a report. The report is then transmitted to the relevant police who takes appropriate action.

  • You will never be asked what your name is or where you live
  • You will always remain anonymous. No one will know you called
  • Crime Stoppers’ guarantee of anonymity has never been broken
  • Your call cannot be traced and is never recorded
  • Crime Stoppers is NOT the police
  • You will NOT be asked to visit a police station, make a statement or go to court
  • In you choose to submit a tip online, your electronic device’s IP address is protected

 

WHY REPORT IT?

Reporting cases of abuse is crucial to mitigate the damages and side effects imposed by domestic violence situations.

Reporting abuse simply means that an organization is informed of the ongoing turmoil present in a relationship so that the abused can get help to remedy their unfortunate situation.

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6 Comments

  1. The Believer
    August 14, 2016

    Domestic violence! start through,cheating,lies,greed ,dishonesty, manners and respect for each other, if you are any of these, you should not sleep in the same bed, you should leave the family home, if you decide to stay you must agreed to take a severe beating with scars to remind you of your stupidity.IT is not unsual,because,your parents,teachers,god parents flog you when you misbehave.

  2. Muslim_Always
    August 11, 2016

    I am sick and fed up of seeing images of only women whenever the issue of domestic violence is discussed. There are many men who are abused to by women yet they suffer in silence. In fact one e-paper from the UK states that domestic violence against men have risen by 65% over an approx 10 year period.

  3. forreal
    August 9, 2016

    start chop hands like in Islamic countries,, I bet you they will stop

  4. August 8, 2016

    Crime Stoppers is a great organization :!:

    It may be the best tool the police have ever had.

    I hope you will keep their number close to your finger tips where ever you are. Have it by your phone at home, and carry it with you. Call in any tip you see or hear and of course use it for yourself it you need it.

    We have Crime Stoppers in Canada. Believe me, it is appreciated!

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

    Former Licensed Private Investigator under the Province of Ontario, License number 142306.

  5. August 8, 2016

    Domestic violence is serious because of the actual damage that can be done.

    It is serious because it seldom just goes away. People are often violent because (a) they grew up in a household where there was violence (dad vs. mum) or they were the victims of violence (child abuse), etc. They repeat this because to them at least on an unconscious level it seems natural. It is not something most grow out of without professional help.

    Physical violence is serious because it frequently becomes worse and more threatening especially if alcohol is involved. It has resulted in long term injury or homicide. It gets worse not better. STOP IT :!:

    Many do not realize that CRIME STOPPERS can be used for domestic abuse.

    Some times a wife calls the police for help but when they arrive she refuses to press a charge. Lady, stick to your guns! Lay the charge. Take it to court! They can arrange to get the man the help he needs to break the vicious cycle!

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill.

  6. Seriously
    August 8, 2016

    As Tarrus Riley sings..There’s NOTHING domestic about it!!!!!!

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