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Antigua: Gov’t to erect first ever safe house for battered women

Cabinet has agreed to build a safe house for battered women who may need to be removed from a violent household.

According to Cabinet notes just released, the safe house, which will be the first of its kind in Antigua and Barbuda, will be large enough to accommodate four to eight women and their children, in four bedrooms with separate bathrooms and even separate kitchen facilities.

This development is welcome news to the president of the woman’s activist group – Women Against Rape (WAR) – nurse Alexandrina Wong.

“I am extremely pleased at the decision that was made by Cabinet to put in place a safe house for battered women and their children. I am happy to see that our cries have not fallen on deaf ears,” expressed an elated Wong.

The ability to escape is vital for women subjected to domestic or intimate partner violence. Additionally, such situations frequently involve an imbalance of power that limits the victim’s financial options when they want to leave. Shelters help women gain tangible resources to help them and their families create a new life.

The woman’s activist, while giving commendation to the government on the adoption of its call for this establishment, also referred to it as an “initial step”.

Wong went on to say that the need being serviced by this step is that of “safety and security”.

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