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PNP women call for strengthening of Family Court to deal with violence against women, children

Monday, November 19, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The People's National Party (PNP) Women's Movement is calling on the Government to strengthen and broaden the scope of the Family Court, as part of efforts to deal with cases of violence against women and children.

In a release this afternoon, the group argued that violence against women and children and the heinous nature of these crimes have been growing in Jamaica.

“We must move quickly as a country to end this behavior. Swift justice is a critical part of establishing a framework of prevention, as a signal is sent to the perpetrators that these acts of violence against our women and children are unacceptable,” it said.

To this end, the movement urged the Government to widen the scope of the court giving it the ability to deal with all cases of violence against women and children.

It added that where necessary, physical spaces must be provided and training in the sensitivity of such matters.

“This is necessary so that Jamaica can deal with these cases with alacrity. This, the Women's Movement believes, will strengthen the Government's effort to eliminate violence against women.”

It advised that to ensure maximum effectiveness of this court, it is imperative that Parliament completes the revision of the Sexual Offences Act, the Offences against the Person Act, The Domestic Violence Act and The Child Care and Protection Act.

It also called for the Sexual Harassment Bill, which was tabled in January 2016, to be quickly passed into law.

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