Survivors share their stories at Wharf Restaurant domestic abuse event
Five Caymanian women put a face on the problem of domestic violence by sharing their personal experiences at an event held at The Wharf Restaurant on Saturday.
The event appropriately titled, “Victors of Abuse: Stories of Survival” held in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month was described as a first step to raising awareness about an issue, which some say is surprisingly common but often suppressed and not spoken about in public.
It is a sentiment, event organiser and local business woman, Kimberley Antonette Conolly, agreed with, noting that the issue of domestic violence is a ‘social taboo’ further adding that even getting statistics on the prevalence of the issue is difficult.
The lack of data on the matter, as well as, the lack of awareness Conolly says contributes tremendously to how the public views domestic abuse in the Cayman Islands.
Conolly told Loop News that many Caymanians think domestic abuse is not a problem, in part because there is limited awareness about the issue, no one speaks about it and in addition she says it often goes unreported, so there are limited statistics.
When asked if the event would be an annual one, Conolly noted that while the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and demands have been made for it to be held annually she will not decide on such until early 2018.
Ingrid B Miller was the main speaker at the event, which also saw Olivia Coleman, Ivy Sahadeo, Samantha M Powell and Detective Sergeant at FSU Michelle Miller taking the stage to share their insights.
On Course Cayman’s Dr. Alexandra Bodden was the guest speaker at the event.