When it comes to understanding crime and violence, police records only tell us half the story (literally). But to design effective crime prevention and reduction policies we need the other half. While an important source, police statistics only capture a portion of crimes due to under-reporting and under-recording. In the case of the Caribbean, the most prevalent crimes are … [Read more...] about What is missing from police crime statistics?
Violence Against Women
From 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (Human Rights Day), the international campaign 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence mobilized organizations and women around the world. It is estimated that nearly one in three women around the world will experience violence in her lifetime, typically at the hands of … [Read more...] about Are Caribbean Homes Safe for Women?
As we near the International day to End Violence Against Women, November 25th, it is important to recognize how little is actually known about the issue in the Caribbean. The impact of violence on different gender groups (men, women, boy and girls) is still understudied particularly in contexts - like those of many Caribbean countries – where high levels of urban violence have … [Read more...] about Yes, Caribbean men are dying from violence, but what about women?
by Guest blogger, Norma Peña Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Author, Sidney Paget It's very likely that you have a female relative, friend or acquaintance who has been the victim of domestic violence. In Latin America and the Caribbean, one out of every three women in a relationship has been the victim of sexual or physical violence by their husbands or partners (OMS, … [Read more...] about Domestic violence: The cost of a silent reality
Photo by Silvia Dangond Gibsone I am going to give you five numbers that underscore the tragedy of domestic violence. But first we should remember why we celebrate International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Thirty-three years ago, Patricia, Minerva and Maria Teresa, known as the Mirabal Sisters, died in the Dominican Republic after they were hung … [Read more...] about Five shocking numbers about domestic violence