Government hosts consultations on domestic violence bill


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(GIS) – Saint Lucia is inching closer to producing its own Domestic Violence Bill.

Recent consultations facilitated by Sisters for Change brought together a technical team including magistrates, lawyers and the police to discuss the current draft bill with a view to producing the most effective bill possible.

Sisters for Change is an international non-profit organization, working to combat discrimination and violence against women and girls. The organization is part of the Equality and Justice Alliance who is currently working on a Pan-Commonwealth programme to reform laws that discriminate against women, girls and the LGBT community. As part of that programme, the organization has been working with the Department of Gender Relations within the Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development on technical assistance measures including the Domestic Violence Bill.

Sisters for Change has been conducting consultations on the existing draft Domestic Violence Bill of 2016, allowing stakeholders and civil society to give their thoughts on the bill.

Jane Gordon, Legal Advisor for Sisters for Change believes that once Saint Lucia adopts its domestic violence bill, it will be one of the strongest within the Caribbean.

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