Cabinet Appointed Domestic Violence Committee Hosts Workshop
Central Registry to Collect Data on Domestic Violence in T&T
The Cabinet Appointed Domestic Violence Committee, under the aegis of the Ministry of the Attorney General, hosted a one-day workshop in December 2008. This follows the preparation of a Domestic Violence Investigative and Procedural Manual for Police Officers in Trinidad and Tobago. One of the subsequent mandates of the Committee is to coordinate and monitor the implementation of the Manual’s recommendations, which include the creation of a Central Registry of statistics on domestic violence in T&T.
Consultant Dr. Godfrey St. Bernard facilitated the workshop, which was mainly geared at sensitizing participants about a Pilot Study to establish and develop the Central Registry. The Pilot Study, which is due to begin in early 2009, was commissioned by the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs.
In the spirit of collaboration among Government agencies, former Attorney General Senator the Honourable Bridgid Annisette-George and the Honourable Minister of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs delivered special and feature remarks respectively at the Workshop’s Opening Ceremony. Other notable attendees included the Honourable Minister of Information Neil Parsanlal and the Honourable Minister of Education Esther Le Gendre, as well as representatives from the Police Service, Judiciary and several NGO’s such Families in Action and the Rape Crisis Society of Trinidad and Tobago.