The period January 2021-June 2022 was a period of intense work for the Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CADV) as we continued to meet our mandate to work assiduously to end all forms of gender-based violence in Trinidad and Tobago.
Persons especially affected by domestic violence, and in particular women and girls, continue to struggle to access effective social services, alternative accommodation and the administration of justice. In 2021, as part of the Spotlight Initiative, CADV undertook an assessment of case management services. That study found a lack of coordination of domestic violence services at the national and local levels; and that there were critical staffing shortages in several agencies with responsibility for responding to domestic violence. The study also found that survivors from marginalised groups including people with disabilities, migrants, and members of the LGBTQ community, face significant barriers in accessing domestic violence services.
All of this work is only possible because CADV receives the support of committed individuals and corporate citizens who are eager to contribute to solutions that take this country towards more equality, peace and security, all of which start in the family.
Ending gender-based violence has to be given the highest priority. I urge all to intensify our actions and use our voices to advance zero tolerance for discrimination and violence in our homes and communities.