Published On: Mon, Nov 2nd, 2015

In November special attention to domestic violence

Domestic-ViolenceWILLEMSTAD - The month of November this year is again characterized by awareness of the dangers and consequences of domestic violence in our society.

Research has shown that 1 in 3 people are experiencing domestic violence as adults. Domestic violence includes any threats of violence, physical and psychological violence, stalking and destruction, committed by people who have or had an intimate relationship with each other or are family.

It is not confined to any religion, race, class or position. It is scientifically proven that this kind of violence has many negative effects on our society, overall health and economy.

Given the social and financial consequences of this type of violence in our society and the large number of things that still remains hidden, it is important to make people aware of the damage this type of violence is causing in our society and also to make the victim aware and motivate him or her to step out of that situation.

Victims should no longer accept this and they should go to the police. Justice authorities must comply with the instructions received during the special trainings on domestic violence. If the victims do not want to file a complaint, then he or she can ask for help at the Victim Support Foundation.

Victims should not accept domestic violence. Hence the slogan: "No Mas, No More."

The Public Prosecution Office will work with a number of key partners (Police Force Curaçao, Curacao Victim Foundation and if necessary, use probation officers) for this month to provide information to the public about dealing with these issues.

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