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Domestic Violence Intervention Training held on Cayman Brac

Published on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 Email To Friend    Print Version


Miriam Foster and Cindy Blekaitis with the participants of the training program

The Family Resource Centre (FRC) of the Cayman Islands held a Domestic Violence Intervention Training Program from the 15th to the 17th December at the Heritage House in Cayman Brac for police officers, social workers, and other frontline professionals.

Miriam Foster and Cindy Blekaitis of the FRC explained different types of domestic violence and how to recognize violent patterns on different levels.

“Domestic violence, also known as domestic abuse, spousal abuse, child abuse or intimate partner violence, can be broadly defined a pattern of abusive behaviors by one or both partners in an intimate relationship such as marriage, dating, family, friends or cohabitation.

Domestic violence has many forms including physical aggression, or threats thereof,” Miriam Foster explained.

“This type of violence and abuse can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied. Noticing and acknowledging the warning signs and symptoms of domestic violence and abuse is the first step to ending it. There is help available,” she continued. Malcom Kay of the RCIPS further explained how the police can help and how domestic violence is investigated by the police.

The participants of this training program learned about the importance of communication, support and responsibility and about how to react in cases of domestic abuse.
 
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