domestic violence

Survivor to police: Be more sensitive to victims

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.

Man jailed for beating wife

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.

Police: Spike in domestic violence victims

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.