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Domestic Violence Intervention Training

Family Resource Centre personnel conducted domestic violence intervention training at the Red Cross Headquarters in George Town. (L-R in front) FRC Trainer Hylton Grace, Police Commissioner David Baines (centre), and FRC trainer Miriam Foster pose with some of the participants.

The Family Resource Centre recently hosted a Domestic Violence Intervention Training Programme (DVITP) session for police officers, social workers, and other frontline professionals.

The three-day (19-21October) programme was aimed at enhancing local professionals' ability to deal with domestic violence issues.

Sixteen persons participated from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS), the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), and the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre.

Police Commissioner David Baines was on hand to present course certificates and he also expressed appreciation to both trainers and participants. "The DVITP is valuable for it aims to enhance understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence, and at increasing sensitivity to the victims," he said.

The programme also offers attendees an opportunity to develop stronger professional relationships with partner agencies and to learn how to use local resources efficiently.

"It is easy to ask, 'Why doesn't she just leave?'" commented FRC Programme Officer Miriam Foster. "But this training aims to have frontline professionals understand the pressures that a victim of domestic violence experiences and why the answer to that question is not so simple."

In addition to Ms. Foster, other FRC trainers were Cindy Blekaitis and Hylton Grace, while Detective Inspector Claudia Brady is the trainer for the RCIPS. Staff from the FRC coordinate at least one session per quarter on Grand Cayman and training is also to be held in the Brac.

This training is an update of the 2000 version that was earlier introduced in 17 Caribbean countries. Coordinated within each country by locally-based professionals, implementation was overseen by the Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action (CAFRA).

Between 2000 and 2004 in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, some 300 RCIPS and immigration officers, social workers, and health and human services professionals completed the original programme.

For further information about the Domestic Violence Intervention Training Programme, contact Miriam Foster on 949-0006 or at miriam.foster@gov.ky.