Special unit for Rape, Domestic Violence victims to be established

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Minister of Human Services and Social Security, Jennifer Webster.
Minister of Human Services and Social Security, Jennifer Webster.

[www.inewsguyana.com]As reports of rape and domestic violence continue to plague the country, the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security intends to establish a unit to deal with these reports.

Subject Minister, Jennifer Webster told reporters at a recent press conference that the aim is to also have specially trained investigators to deal directly with the victims.

“It’s an issue that we’ve been looking at for a while and we feel it’s important that we have a special unit to deal with sexual and child abuse investigations and to have a special trained and dedicated cadre of investigators to address intensely the personal and emotionally charged situations, which remains under reported in many instances,” Minister Webster said.

The unit will work in close collaboration with the Guyana Police Force and according to Minister Webster, upon reporting an incident; the victim will be placed in a special room, with all key players, including an ‘on – call’ medical examiner.

“The idea is to create an atmosphere where we would encourage our victims to come forward and to report any incidents of sexual offences and abuse and this special unit is also going to support rape victims,” Webster explained.

 

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