Domestic violence is a pattern of violent, aggressive or controlling behaviour that takes place inside the home or between family members. This behavior may endanger the victim’s security or wellbeing and may occur between spouses, partners, parents or individuals in a close relationship.
As much as society would like to make the issue of domestic violence a private one, there are serious consequences for the victim, the perpetrator, the family and society. The consequences are as follows:
As elsewhere in the world, violence against women is a substantial problem in Trinidad and Tobago. Much of what occurs in the home is not discussed or reported to the Police. Therefore, the statistics we obtain regarding domestic violence do not reflect the true picture.
“There are a lot of myths about battered women. These myths blame the woman for what happens to her.”
A myth is a common set of beliefs that are usually untrue. By speaking out, we can change some of the common myths about violence against women.