Over 2,500 males report cases of domestic violence in 2022 Loop Jamaica

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In 2022, over 2,500 men in Jamaica reported cases of domestic violence to the Domestic Violence Intervention Centres (DVICs).

Additionally, more than 6,200 women reported domestic violence incidents to the DVICs during the same year.

While addressing the House of Representatives during the debate on the Domestic Violence (Amendment) Act 2023, Member of Parliament for St Andrew West Rural, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, cited these statistics.

The House approved amendments that increased penalties for those found guilty of domestic violence from $10,000 to $1million and raised the custodial sentence from six months to one year.

Furthermore, the number of persons and entities allowed to apply for a protection order was expanded. Cuthbert-Flynn also highlighted that Jamaica ranks second in terms of femicide cases each year, as listed by the United Nations. Femicide is defined as the intentional killing of women by men due to their gender.

Cuthbert-Flynn acknowledged that although over 8,700 cases of domestic violence were reported to the police in 2022, the actual number is likely higher since many people choose not to report due to various reasons, such as fear.

She emphasised the lasting impact of domestic violence on individuals and encouraged women to leave abusive relationships. Citing data regarding gender-based violence in Jamaica, Cuthbert-Flynn noted that one in every three Jamaicans experiences such violence.