You know the scenario... you have a neighbour who is deathly afraid of her spouse. She's not very social, always seems unsure of herself, displays signs of depression, and, she says it's just a rash, but you know those are bruises from being hit. At nights, you hear the shouting, the tussling, the screaming, maybe even dishes being thrown across the room. In the morning you see the tell-tale evidence of abuse. You say to her, "You don't deserve that, you need to leave!" But, nothing changes; she stays, and it happens again that night.
Is it your business to do anything over and above advice? Do you call the police? Do you confront the abuser? Or do you butt out? Is domestic violence your business? Is it a national problem?
This Sunday, June 18th at 12:30pm EDT (11:30am Jamaica time) join the team of Yardie Skeptics as we make domestic violence our business. How can the community tackle domestic violence without crossing boundaries into policing the domestic affairs of neighbours? We'll have a pre-recorded interview from Sgt. Heather McLean of the Jamaican Constabulary Force, who has launched the Facebook group "Save Our Women" to discuss issues pertaining to violence against women. Also live in studio will be judge Margarette Macaulay, formerly of the Inter-American Court of Human rights and leading figure in the establishment of the Domestic Violence Act.
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