By ANDRE BAGOO Wednesday, November 11 2009 (TRINIDAD NEWSDAY)
DEATHS from cases of domestic violence have quadrupled over a five-year period from 2004 to 2008, while the amount of cases of domestic violence reported to police have increased by 60 percent, according to statistics released in the Senate yesterday.
In answer to a question filed by Independent Senator Gail Merhair, Leader of Government Business Conrad Enill detailed the number of cases of deaths in relation to domestic violence. For the years 2004 to 2008 there were nine, 26, 32, 17 and 36 deaths respectively. In terms of the number of cases of domestic violence reported to the police for the same period, the recorded cases numbered 962, 1,291, 1,250, 1,356 and 1,556 respectively.
Enill who answered the question on behalf of the Ministry of Gender Affairs, also went on to outline the Government’s programme for combating domestic violence. According to Enill these include: the establishment of a multi-disciplinary committee in April 2008 comprising officials from the Office of the Attorney General, the Ministry of Culture and Gender Affairs, Health, the Police Service and the Judiciary.
The committee, Enill noted, is chaired by retired justice of appeal Justice Jean Permanand and is charged with reviewing and monitoring the state’s reports and recommendations on the issue of domestic violence.
Enill also said Government has embarked on the training of police recruits and police officers of the Police Academy and the North East Divisional Unit in relation to the procedures of the Domestic Violence Investigative and Procedural Manual.
Other measures include the issuing of an unspecified quantum in grants and subventions to non- government organisations (NGOs) that deal with issues of domestic violence as well as the setting up of specialised services through the Family Court.
Enill also listed several other initiatives from the establishment of a “drop-in” centre for men and boys at Arima, the upgrade and revamping of the violence hotline on 800-SAVE as well as ongoing sensitisation programmes for the police service. ARTICLE #2
'She was abused too'
Relative charged in death of baby Roshan
By Susan Mohammed firstname.lastname@example.org
Story Created: Oct 2, 2012 at 9:59 PM ECT
(Story Updated: Oct 2, 2012 at 9:59 PM ECT )
THE woman held for the murder of baby Roshan Ramrattan, who was beaten to death on Saturday, was herself a victim of abuse.However, Deokie Ramrattan, a relative of the 22-year-old suspect, said that the woman should have reached out for help if she needed it.
An autopsy on one-year-old Roshan, performed by Dr Hughvon Des Vignes at the Forensic Science Centre on Monday, concluded that the child died of blunt craniocerebral trauma, and also suffered multiple blunt traumatic injuries.
The suspect was taken into police custody shortly after the child died at San Fernando General Hospital on Saturday around 10.30 p.m.
Police were called to the child's home at School Road, Bonne Aventure, Gasparillo, after neighbours saw him with black and blue marks on his back.
The child would have turned two years old on Monday.
Yesterday, Ramrattan said she heard from neighbours at Gasparillo that the child had been suffering physical abuse.
"If I knew she was hitting the child, I would have taken him in. People telling me they saw her hit the child. Hard! I never saw her hit the child."Ramrattan said she knew the suspect had problems in her marriage.
"When you have your husband and wife quarrelling, you should never...