Tuesday 20 October, 2020

Premier Fahie: Domestic violence will not be tolerated in the BVI

Abuse will not be tolerated!

The warning issued by Premier Andrew Fahie as he called for an end to domestic violence within the British Virgin Islands.

During a televised address, he said there has been a marked increase in the reported cases of domestic violence since the curfew was introduced in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

He chastised the men who he said shirk their responsibility to protect and provide for the women and children in their lives.

Premier Fahie said: “It has come to my attention that we have a small pocket of abuse happening at homes. Worst yet, where it does exist, our males are being reported to be the ones at fault. I want to speak to you, my brothers directly. You must stop it. This cannot be. You cannot be abusing our females, it is wrong. You cannot be abusing our children. It is wrong.”

He said the men in the BVI should lead by example as they strive to build stronger families.

He said: “Whether it be sexual abuse, physical abuse or mental abuse, this type of behaviour will not be tolerated.”

The Premier’s call for an immediate end to domestic violence within the territory, comes just days after Gender Affairs Co-ordinator Tara Sue Morgan called for peace in households where domestic violence is common.

She said long periods of isolation could result in a resurgence of violence due to increased tension brought on by COVID-19.

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