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JM | Jun 10, 2022

Gender Ministry hopeful Domestic Violence Act will pass this year

Juanique Tennant

Juanique Tennant / Our Today

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Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, makes her contribution to the 2022/23 Sectoral debate in the House of Representatives on June 8. At left is Minister of State in the Ministry, Alando Terrelonge (Photo: JIS)

A concerted push to ensure the amended Domestic Violence Act becomes a reality in the 2022-2023 legislative year is being made by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

The new legislation aims to give greater protection to victims and to deal effectively with perpetrators.

Making her contribution to the 2022-2023 Sectoral Debate on Wednesday (June 8), Grange provided members of the Lower House with an update on the Act’s progress.

She informed that, following Cabinet’s approval, a draft bill was created with the assistance of the Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel, which was submitted to the Attorney General’s Chambers for comments.

‘Domestic violence is a horrific crime’

“The Ministry has received feedback from the Chambers regarding the proposed amendments to the Domestic Violence Act. We have already started crafting responses for resubmission to the Chambers,” said Grange.

“Domestic violence is a horrific crime which does not have to happen. The violence can end, but it requires all of us.”

Given this, the minister said she was looking forward to the support of her colleagues in the Houses of Parliament to amend the Act.

In the meantime, Grange said the ministry is moving to establish a referral pathway for victims of gender-based violence, which will provide for coordination among entities to offer quality and essential services to victims in a timely manner.

The referral pathway is expected to be launched later this month.

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