CADV Saddened by Murder of Reshma Kanchan

The Coalition against Domestic Violence extends its deepest condolences to the family of Reshma Kanchan. It is heartbreaking that this young woman, mother of two has been murdered and in this brutal way. We call for appropriate psychosocial support and other support interventions for this family. In 2020, at least 20 women were killed by persons with whom they had relationships. Many, many more are suffering in silence and without adequate protection or access to services. As in the case of previous domestic murders, the Coalition against Domestic Violence is repeating its call for a comprehensive multidisciplinary investigation into domestic murders.

In relation to Reshma Kanchan, according to television interviews with her mother, Devika Kanchan, there was a history of abuse which included an attack on Reshma in her mother’s yard. What were her circumstances and those of the perpetrator? What do we know about the perpetrator? Did Reshma have family and community support? Did the perpetrator have family and community support? Had multiple reports been made to the Police as claimed by her mother? If reports were made in relation to domestic abuse against Reshma, what was the Police response? Was an application for a protection order considered? Did her community know that she was a victim of abuse? What actions were taken if any, to protect Reshma by those around her?

We repeat our call for investigations into domestic murders that include seeking answers to these questions by the authorities. We believe that these inquiries will give us a better understanding of how to intervene to prevent these preventable tragedies. Such inquiries can also highlight areas of improvement in the responses by communities and by state institutions. They will contribute to strengthening the culture of accountability of all of us to do more, to speak up, stand up and act to protect and prevent domestic violence.

These multidisciplinary investigations may be carried out by the TTPS Gender-based Violence Unit, the Gender and Child Affairs Unit of the Office of the Prime Minister, or the Victim and Witness Support Unit with specialist support if necessary, from research 2 institutions such as The University of the West Indies. The aggregated data collected should be made available to all stakeholders to better inform ongoing and future interventions.

We cannot run away from the intersecting relationship of domestic murders with gender inequality and harmful masculinities. The psychosocial context including the Covid-19 pandemic must also be considered. We need a whole of government and societal response, which includes e.g. school and out of school-based interventions, gender-sensitive parenting programmes, programmes engaging men including perpetrator/ batterer’s intervention, and the integration of gender analysis into teacher and police education programmes, utilizing multiple strategies including social media. These interventions are more likely to be implemented with the adoption of a well-resourced national action plan to end gender-based violence. We call upon the government to take action on the finalization of the national action plan.

Domestic murders must be stopped. We can stop domestic violence. Let us learn and let us act now.

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T&T Coalition Against Domestic Violence
T&T Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The First Time Last Time Project seeks to promote healthy and respectful relationships amongst older adolescents so that violence is prevented.

Our pilot project takes place in two communities, Rio Claro/Mayaro and Tobago!

This project has been guided by community leaders and youth advocates who are passionate about making a difference hailing from Rio Claro/Mayaro and Tobago.

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T&T Coalition Against Domestic Violence
T&T Coalition Against Domestic Violence
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CADV is expanding its team!

We are seeking people with the appropriate tertiary qualifications in the social or behavioural sciences and experience in providing counselling, advocacy and crisis intervention regarding domestic and family violence and sexual assault. A Master’s Degree would be an asset.

Expressions of interest can be sent to The General Manager, Coalition Against Domestic Violence at cadvassistant@gmail.com. Only applications submitted on or before Wednesday 19th January will be considered.
We are seeking people with the appropriate tertiary qualifications in the social or behavioural sciences and experience in providing counselling, advocacy, and crisis intervention regarding domestic and family violence and sexual assault. A Master’s Degree would be an asset.
T&T Coalition Against Domestic Violence
T&T Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The First Time Last Time Project seeks to promote healthy and respectful relationships amongst older adolescents so that violence is prevented.

Our pilot project takes places in two communities, Rio Claro/Mayaro and Tobago!

This project has been guided by community leaders and youth advocates who are passionate about making a difference hailing from Rio Claro/Mayaro and Tobago.

We are pleased to introduce you to our Project Advisory Group.

#MeetTheTeam #FTLT #FirstTimeLastTime #EndGBV #Solidarity
T&T Coalition Against Domestic Violence
T&T Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The First Time Last Time Project seeks to promote healthy and respectful relationships amongst older adolescents so that violence is prevented.

Our pilot project takes places in two communities, Rio Claro/Mayaro and Tobago!

This project has been guided by community leaders and youth advocates who are passionate about making a difference hailing from Rio Claro/Mayaro and Tobago.

We are pleased to introduce you to our Project Advisory Group.

#MeetTheTeam #FTLT #FirstTimeLastTime #EndGBV #Solidarity
T&T Coalition Against Domestic Violence
T&T Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Young people are change makers of today and we are here to support you!

Applications are now opened for the pilot 4 week workshop for The First Time Last Time project!

Are you between the ages of 15 to 20 and reside in Rio Claro/Mayaro or Tobago? Then joining this programme is for you.

Join us and learn new skills to prevent gender-based violence.

Deadline to apply is January 24th, 2022.

Apply here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSejVsmIiWcsV0rRhAR8e-odwJL3Hft9A9ZLo-dYJVxtz2xVFQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

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