With the recent murders of Andrea Bharatt, Ashanti Riley and others, the people of Trinidad and Tobago are finally recognizing that Violence Against Women is a serious problem that needs to be addressed more affectively.
It’s obvious to anyone paying attention that coordinated and sustained approach is necessary to end violence against women.
We need to address the underlying causes of violence against women while strenghtening the systems that respond to it.
In this post, which is by no means comprehensive, I’ve outlined the 3 Ps of ending violence against women- prevent, protect and punish. Keep reading to learn more about each one.
The first of the 3 Ps of ending violence against women is Prevent.
Prevention strategies to end violence against women involves addressing the underlying causes of violence to stop it before it starts. These strategies are meant to transform attitudes, practices and behaviours that encourage violence against women.
The way parents model relationships to their children, the way in which the media reports on incidents of violence or portrays gender roles, the way in which workplaces, faith-based organizations, or sporting clubs promote (or fail to promote) gender-equality, respect and nondiscrimination all have an effect on the cultural acceptability of violence against women.
Some Examples of Prevention Strategies are
The second P in ending violence against women is Protect.
Prevention alone is not enough. It is necessary for prevention measures to be integrated into a policy driven response to protect the rights of women and girls.
Research done by the United Nations shows that national efforts to end violence against women are more successful when they are backed by strong legislation to protect women and their rights.
It is also necessary for states to provide essential services to support and protect survivors.Resources and policies should be expanded to ensure that survivors of GBV have access to services such as social welfare, safe housing and mental health services.
Some Examples of Protection Measures are
The third and final P in ending violence against women is Punish.
Our criminal justice system must become more efficient at holding perpetrators accountable.
While the Domestic Violence Amendment Act expanded legal protections for women, criminal justice services like the police and judicial services have been slow in responding to these changes. This is why a coordinated effort which includes increasing awareness of legislative changes is necessary in ending violence against women in Trinidad and Tobago.
Examples of Punishment Strategies are: