The Gender-Based Violence Unit has dealt with 7, 466 cases since its establishment.
That’s according to Gender Minister, Olivia Grange who spoke at yesterday’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women event, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.
The unit, which is staffed with three helpline specialists and one supervisor, was established in response to the high incidence of gender-based violence across Jamaica.
The minister noted that sexual violence is still prevalent, affecting one in three women, and includes rape, incest and sexual harassment as well as other forms of violence such as sexual abuse, exploitation and discrimination.
Ms. Grange said eliminating gender-based violence requires collective attention, advocacy, and activism, noting that the unit has partnered with six other relevant agencies, to provide support to victims.
She added that come next January the government will provide more resources, double the number of helpline specialists and appoint a director.