Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 18th 2016 Contents Over the last five years, 106
people were killed in domestic
violence situations, 4,804 beaten
and 134 wounded. Another 235
reports of sexual abuse were
made and 3,356 people received
These figures were released by
the police Public Affairs Unit (PAU)
during yesterday s police news
briefing in response to viral social
media reports from a woman who
said she endured more than a
decade of severe beating from a
Chaguanas businessman relative.
She showed evidence.
The police have since intervened
in the matter.
ASP Michael Pierre, who hosted
yesterday s briefing, said domestic
violence was a serious problem in
T&T and it was necessary to sen-
sitise the public about it.
"In view of the recent public
interest in matters related to
domestic violence, the T&T Police
Service finds it necessary to sen-
sitise members of the public to
the seriousness of domestic vio-
lence in the country," a subsequent
Domestic violence includes any
form of abuse, whether mental,
verbal, physical, sexual, financial,
emotional or psychological, against
a spouse, child and any person
who is a member of the household
or a dependant, the police said.
The police are mandated to
respond to every complaint or
report alleging domestic violence,
whether or not the person making
the report is the victim or whether
the report is made in person or by
Further, all domestic violence
complaints are to be investigated
by the police with impartiality and
should not be influenced by:
• The relationship or marital
status of the suspect and the vic-
tim, ie not married, separated or
• Whether or not the suspect
lives on the premises with the
• The existence or lack of a tem-
porary or other restraining order;
• The potential financial con-
sequence of the arrest;
• The complainant s history or
• Verbal assurances that violence
• The complainant s emotional
• The lack of visible injuries;
• The location of the incident,
ie public or private; and,
• Speculation that the com-
plainant may not follow through
with the criminal justice process
or that the arrest may not lead to
"The primary concern of police
officers responding to reports of
domestic violence should be the
safety of the victim, whether or
not the threat of violence is imme-
diate or remote," the PAU said.
After only nine months of construction, the
Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA)
formally commissioned the Tobago Disaster Relief
Warehouse at Signal Hill on Tuesday.
In June 2012, the US Embassy and TEMA dis-
cussed the donation of two early warning sirens to
Tobago and the construction of a warehouse.
Construction of the warehouse began on April
13, 2015 and the completed facility was handed over
to TEMA on the January 12, 2016.
TEMA s director Allan Stewart said commissioning
of the warehouse is a very important step in prepar-
ing Tobago for a national emergency.
"This partnership has proven fruitful and Tobag-
onians will benefit from this venture," Stewart said.
He also thanked the US government for its "swift
execution of this project."
The warehouse will serve as the central hub for
the receipt of goods for distribution---including
foodstuff and other emergency supplies---and to
manage the coordination of satellite storage areas
at bases and energy shelters.
The 4,092 square foot facility cost $6.75 million.
TEMA is one of the leading disaster preparedness
agencies in the region, and has consistently earned
praise for its preparedness for and responses to
emergencies. Chief military liaison officer of the
United States Embassy Colonel Claudia Carrizales
said the project was a "symbol of the relationship
between the United States and Trinidad and Toba-
go."She said the warehouse helps provide citizens
with necessary resources to respond to an emer-
The Eco-Industrial Development Company of
Tobago (E-IDCOT) was the project manager, and
Kee-Chanona was the contractor.
They were engaged by the United States Southern
Command, which served as architect.
"I see this as paying tribute to the power of
meaningful partnership for a worthy cause," Chief
Secretary Orville London said.
London thanked the embassy for the guidance
and expertise provided on recent projects.
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Chief Military Officer of the United States Embassy
Colonel Claudia J Carrizales, receives a token from
chief administrator Raye Sandy during the
commissioning ceremony of the Tobago Disaster
Relief Warehouse at Signal Hill on Tuesday.
Cops on domestic violence:
in five years
Disaster Relief Warehouse
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