In October 2020, a man received probation for threatening to slit his wife’s throat. In December 2020, a man received a conditional discharge after he assaulted a 12 year old girl. In January 2021, a man received a suspended sentence for assaulting his 14 year old daughter. In February 2021, a man who filmed himself beating and torturing his estranged wife last year,
even breaking her arm, also received a suspended sentence.
We are angered and saddened by these acts of violence.
If you would like to join us in choosing to challenge violence against women, here are four things you can do:
1) TAKE A SURVEY
Earlier this year, Centre Against Abuse indicated that the numbers of domestic violence cases has risen and the organisation is supporting a study being led by Catherine Cooke, an MPhil student at the University of Cambridge who is researching the impact of gender violence against women in Bermuda. There are two anonymous online surveys, and we encourage as many people as possible to participate.
Please see the survey links below for survivor or friends/family:
Friends and Family: https://cambridge.eu.qualtrics.com/…/SV_1YRrQEPEkEF7Kst
2) READ THIS LETTER
Lawyer Tawana Tannock wrote a letter to the editor in June 2020 which highlighted the current limitations within the domestic violence legislative framework, and issued several suggestions for ways to address these gaps. They include training Bermuda Police Officers in domestic-abuse risk identification and evidence collection and the introduction of a Specialist Domestic Violence. Read the letter to find out more, and lobby your MP to implement these changes.
3) DONATE $250
Obtaining a protection order is a lengthy legal process, and Center Against Abuse (CAA) has helped hundreds of women to receive one, fifty in 2020 alone. While lawyers charge from $2000-5000 for this service, CAA charges their clients only $250. Please donate to CAA so that they are able to waive this charge for women in vulnerable situations who are unable to afford
Transfer to their account.
Centre Against Abuse