Minister for gender affairs, Gloria Shillingford, has described as “alarming” statistics on domestic violence in Dominica.
According to Shillingford since July 2011 there have been 717 reported cases of domestic violence.
“Six hundred and twenty, that is 86.5 percent were women while 86, that is 12 percent, were men,” she said.
She went on to say that the National Regstry has recorded 468 cases of violence against children, comprising 403 girls and 60 boys.
“These statistics are most alarming for a small population like ours,” she said.
She called on Dominicans to join the campaign to condemn all acts of violence.
“I unreservedly add my voice to the urgent call for an immediate end to all forms of violence against men, women, boys and girls in Dominica and the wider world,” she noted. “Today let us take a moment to remember the thousands of gender-base violence victims in this country and around the globe who on a daily basis continue to be tortured, raped, beaten, degraded, harassed, neglected or discriminated against within the homes, at schools, at work places, in public places and even in churches.”
She said all acts of violence must be condemned.
“We cannot turn a blind eye and allow violence to take root in a small country like ours,” Shillingford said. “We must do all in our power to eradicate this serious problem in our country; hence I call for zero tolerance approach to gender-base violence. Let us all stand in solidarity to vanquish this horrible monster which has ruined lives in our society.”