“We must remember and honour the names and lives of those we have lost as a result of Domestic Violence. No one should have to go through this.
“To those in the midst of crisis or to our survivors; we, the Government representatives, empathise with what you’re going through.
“We are particularly proud of our community partners and the work that they do each day to provide a safe haven for those affected. The Centre Against Abuse and the Women’s Resource Center, for example, do some incredible work with survivors of domestic violence. The Government makes every effort to strongly support their work and evidence of its commitment is seen through its annual grant to the Centre Against Abuse.
“The services offered by the Centre include safe housing, which provides a safe space for victims for up to 2 months and help transitioning them to a permanent home. There’s a 24-hour helpline which people who are experiencing abuse can call and get immediate help. There is counselling and the counsellors work with clients helping them to overcome the trauma of abuse and helping them heal and thrive.
“Additionally, to support those impacted by domestic violence court advocacy services are offered which help clients obtain Domestic Violence Protection Orders and Summary Offence letters.
“The government is proud to support the Center Against Abuse, but there is still more work to do.
“Specifically, we need to speed up the length of time that criminal cases take to come before the court.
“Too many people drop cases because the time frame is too long. Further, an immediate Domestic Violence Note should be available to applicants in short order and without fee.
“As your Government, we recognise that we have more work to do to help survivors of domestic violence.
“I know as a Senator; I stand with Women in the PLP as we champion for further support to be awarded.
“We thank the Centre Against Abuse and similar local organisations for their incredible work. Bermuda, domestic violence does not impact women alone, we must recognise that men can experience it also.
“If you’re a victim of domestic assault, there is help and support available to you. You don’t have to stay; you do not have to continue to endure the violent treatment. You are strong. You are loved and we need to be the voice of the voiceless”
Senator Lindsay Simmons and the Women’s Caucus of the Progressive Labour Party