Police receiving conflict resolution training
The Ministry of National Security is providing training for police personnel in conflict resolution to better enable them to recognise, deal with, and respond to domestic violence.
This because statistics, which show that approximately 37 per cent of murders committed in Jamaica stem from domestic incidents.
Security Minister Robert Montague made the disclosure at a domestic violence/conflict resolution training session at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston yesterday.
He noted that 90 per cent of domestic conflict results from misunderstandings.
"Many times persons are told to go back home and work it out," he said, noting that without intervention, the conflict can escalate, resulting in hospitalisation or death.
Montague said the training will also assist police personnel in providing gender-neutral responses to victims.
Reports indicate women are the primary victims, but more men are suffering from domestic violence.
He said the sessions will also ensure that conflict-resolution personnel are assigned to police stations across the island.
Montague informed that the Ministry has restarted the parish and district consultative committees (DCCs) as a means of supporting the conflict-resolution initiative.
The DCCs serve as a forum for raising and addressing problems that are affecting the police and the communities in which they serve.
Issues that will be addressed include domestic violence, community and police relationships, effective parenting, violence in schools, child abuse, youth mentorship, and drug and alcohol abuse.