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Jamaica: ‘Report it; something will be done,’ urge cops about domestic violence

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has expanded its Domestic Violence Intervention (DVI) Centres to the parishes of St Ann and St Mary, and is imploring persons to access the services.

Head of the JCF Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), Senior Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, told JIS News that retrofitting of offices and training of personnel for two centres are being completed, with full operation slated for the next two months.

Each of the two centres is to be headed by an officer no lower than the rank of an assistant superintendent of police (ASP).

Lindsay said many domestic disputes that end with the death of persons started with quarrels and verbal abuse, and that every police station is to shortly have a trained person who can handle situations that involve persons who know each other well, adding that neighbours can also assist by notifying the police.

“When you have a DVI centre, these people (neighbours) can come in and tell the police what is going on. The victim may be too embarrassed to do it. Tell the police; there are many pathways from which help can come,” said Lindsay.

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