The Honourable Prime Minister and Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Ayanna Webster-Roy are disheartened by the prevalence of domestic violence cases in both Trinidad and Tobago. The scourge of domestic violence erodes the fabric of society and infringes the human rights of the individual.
The Ministry wishes to advise the public that if they are a victim of domestic violence or know anyone that is a victim, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-SAVE (7283). This 24-hour hotline provides counselling services, crisis intervention and referrals to appropriate agencies such as, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, the Victim and Support Unit of the TTPS, the National Family Services, the Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago, Lifeline or the Rape Crisis Society. Referrals can also be made for directing the victim to a place of safety or a shelter.
The Ministry has approached Cabinet for a review of the Domestic Violence Act and will soon launch the Central Registry on Domestic Violence (CRDV) to provide a more efficient and co-ordinated method of monitoring the occurrence of domestic violence. The CRDV will assist in strengthening the current surveillance systems for the development of targeted intervention strategies. This will further aid in guiding policy development and law enforcement agencies in effectively addressing domestic violence.
The Ministry is partnering with non-governmental organizations to end domestic violence across our nation through public education, policies and programmes. It is the duty of every citizen to report and stop domestic violence in Trinidad and Tobago. Citizens are urged to report incidents of domestic violence by calling 800-SAVE.