There has been an increase in domestic violence reports from migrants. That’s according to the head of the Gender-based Violence Unit (GBVU) of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) Superintendent Claire Guy-Alleyne.
“They are offered the same support that is available to locals as well,” she said.
The GBVU head said international bodies also step in to assist the migrants with the process.
Manager of the Victim and Witness Support Unit (VWSU) Aisha Corbie said they provide psychosocial support for Spanish speaking victims impacted by investigations, particularly trafficking issues.
“We have continuous engagement and that support for those Spanish speaking persons that are affected by those crimes,” she explained.
Guy-Alleyne said the perpetrators of these crimes are a mixture of migrants and locals.
Public Information Officer of the TTPS Sheridon Hil said a Spanish speaking feature will be added to the TTPS App to assist foreign nationals in dealing with domestic violence issues.
This is just one initiative planned for the police service as they along with the rest of the world recognise 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which starts Thursday and ends on December 10.