The Domestic Violence Act (2010) says that domestic violence is any controlling or abusive behaviour that harms the health, safety, or well-being of any person. The Act was made operational on May 16, 2011. The new law made it easier to take serious action to punish offenders for domestic violence and to protect victims from them.
Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is physical, emotional, psychological and other forms of abuse based on sex or gender. It includes all forms of sexual violence, discrimination and exploitation. GBV thrives on the vulnerabilities of victims caused by gender inequality. The Gender-Based Violence unit, once the Domestic Violence Unit, in the Ministry of Social Development and Housing Works to eradicate all forms of GBV.
The National Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse (DVSA) Protocol was authorised by the Ministry of Social Development and the Grenada National Organisation of Women. It provides guidelines to service providers in Law Enforcement, Medical, Social and Legal Sectors about how they should respond to victim's needs.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They should not be subjected to violence on the basis of their race, place of origin, political opinions, colour, creed or sex. All persons must be given the conditions to exercise his or her rights and to seek justice if any of their rights are violated.
Women and girls are the majority of victims of Gender-Based Violence because of the tradition of gender inequality, but both males and females can be victims or perpetrators of the various forms. Therefore, the laws, protocols and services are available for men and women equally.
Sexual Violence is sexual conduct that abuses, humiliates, degrades or otherwise violates the sexual integrity of a person. It includes sexual contact with a person who does not consent or cannot give consent. Most sexual abuse takes place among persons who know each other, including relatives and friends. Even if you know the abuser, or if it happens in a familiar place, Sexual Violence in Wrong.
A healthy relationship gets better with time. It has the promise of happiness and peace. An unhealthy relationship gets worse. If not addressed, it can lead to violence and abuse. If you are in an intimate relationship, it is good to know its status, whether it is a new or old relationship. If your relationship is unhealthy, or if it is already violent or abusive, get out or seek help now, before it gets worse
Do not create or accept excuses for persons who commit domestic violence or sexual abuse. Abusers are responsible for their actions. Encourage them to choose non-violent behaviour. Women, men, girls or boys who are abused should not be blamed or ill-treated. No one deserves to be abused, regardless of their situation. Instead, everyone has the right to be safe