A 55-year-old domestic violence survivor on Monday recounted her life of terror as she called for police officers to be better trained and have more sensitivity when dealing with domestic violence victims and cases.
The St Vincentian national, who has been living in T&T for the past 37 years, knows all too well about how dangerous and deadly domestic violence can be.
Two years ago, her daughter was killed because of domestic violence.
Meetra Chaitram will spend the next four years in jail for beating his wife and breaching a protection order.
The 46-year-old father of five pleaded guilty to the charges when he appeared in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court.
Chaitram said he was stressed and frustrated but his wife said he was angry because she got a job.
She told magistrate Alicia Chankar that he repeatedly accused her of being unfaithful.
The incident took place on Monday evening.
The T&T Police Service's Victim & Witness Support Unit (VWSU) has noted a 70 per cent increase in domestic violence victims being referred to it.
Speaking at the weekly police press briefing at the Police Administration Building in Port-of-Spain yesterday, the unit's manager Aisha Price-Corbie said they provided assistance to 195 victims between April and June as compared to 116 from January to March.