[www.inewsguyana.com] – A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) has re-issued its call for robust law enforcement to curb the perpetration of all forms of inter-personal violence.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, April 25 Leader of the APNU, David Granger posited that the perpetration of acts of violence has become a countrywide criminal epidemic.
The Partnership called on the Ministries of Education, Health, Home Affairs, Human Services and Legal Affairs and the Guyana Police Force to deal with the epidemic of inter-personal violence which is plaguing the country.
Among the Party’s recommendation is for the Education Ministry to intensify early education, the Ministries of Health, Home Affairs and Human Services to ensure that vulnerable women and girl children are better protected and for the Ministry of Legal Affairs to ensure that the court system – especially the administrative divisions of the Magistrates’ Courts – is more helpful towards victims of violence.
Additionally, Granger called on the Guyana Police Force to establish a Central Domestic Violence Unit at its Headquarters and at divisional, sub-divisional and station levels, not merely to monitor reports and compile data but also to protect victims of inter-personal and domestic violence.
“The Force should ensure that members of the Neighbourhood Police, Community Policing Groups (CPGs) and Citizens’ Security Programmes are trained and given specific roles to identify human safety situations which have the potential to become violent,” Granger added.
He reiterated APNU’s call for the promulgation of a National Plan of Action for the Prevention of Interpersonal Violence and for the full implementation of the National Domestic Violence Policy and the functioning of the National Domestic Violence Oversight Committee.
The Party is also encouraging everyone to work together for the elimination of inter-personal violence as it registers it’s committed to protecting the rights of all citizens and to ensuring that all citizens can attain the good life to which they are entitled.