Church service kicks off Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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His Excellency Governor John J. Rankin CMG, Junior Minister of Tourism, The Honorable Alvera Maduro-Caines, members of the Royal Virgin Islands Police and the Zonta Club of Tortola, and many others met with the Gender Affairs Office at the New Testament Church of God on Sunday, October 2 to kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The month is recognized under the theme “Every 1 knows 1 so HELP 1”. Gender Affairs Coordinator, Ms Tara-Sue Morgan said that everyone at one time or another is affected by domestic violence. According to Ms Morgan, “domestic violence is more than people in conflict who are related by blood, it is more than people who are or have been in an intimate relationship, it is also people who cohabit in a household”.

Ms Morgan added that domestic abuse is not just physical abuse visible to the eyes, it is also emotional, psychological, sexual and financial abuse that is often ignored, even though they have a deep scar that often takes more than time to heal than physical scars. She therefore encourages the community to help each other. “We need to change the mentality and attitude of people to ensure that we eradicate the scourge of domestic violence. The one you save may be the person you see in the mirror,” Ms Morgan said.

The community is encouraged to participate in the activities below to help raise awareness:

Virtual Government Awareness Session

October 11 @ 10:00 A link will be sent by e-mail

walk run

October 15 from 5:00 a.m. in the parking lot adjacent to Bobby’s Supermarket

Paint the town purple

On October 21, wear something purple to communicate that you stand against domestic violence

Free self-defense lessons

Oct. 25 and 27 at the Tortola Judo Club behind Paint Factory in Port Purcell at 8:30 p.m.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which was first launched in October 1987, has been a way for individuals and organizations to connect and come together to work on domestic violence issues while sensitizing. It’s also a time to mourn those who have been abused, celebrate survivors, and network for change.

The Ministry of Health and Social Development is committed to ensuring that all aspects of the environment that may have a negative impact on the health of the population are managed effectively to enable all people in BVI to achieve and maintain optimal health and well-being.

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