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However, after her six weeks, she ended up
back in the home with her abuser. The woman
was allowed to keep her nine-month-old
baby with her for the duration of the stay.
Her ten-year-old son was placed at
The woman said, “I was provided
with food and basic toiletries. Initial-
ly, I was the one who wanted to go to
a safe house. It started off with me
thinking I was going to start all over
and hopefully things would be put
in place to help us. I had confidence
in the home and the police because I
thought there was a support system
in place, not just to mind you but at
least get you started over, whether it
was job placement or use your skills...
To her astonishment, “nothing was done”.
She said the counselling service was “sit and
listen” and explained that she and the other wom-
en found greater comfort in each other’s stories.
Asked what could be done to improve the services,
she said, “I think the first thing they need to do is
find proper avenues to assist a women to start over.
If a woman goes into a shelter and has no income,
how does she go about caring for her children or
re-uniting with them when the shelters does not
“ Your movement in a shelter is restricted. You
need permission to leave and your reason must be
legitimate. You become totally dependent on the
shelter and the people there.”
The woman, who is now in her 40s, said she went
through the domestic violence hotline and after
about one week, was placed at the shelter.
The authorities deal with each case differently.
With no assistance after the six weeks, the woman
was forced to move back into the abusive environ-
“I did not have a choice. I went back to him because
I had nowhere to go.”
She told the Sunday Guardian that being in the
system did not allow her to become better. She still
was left without a job and no income to care for her
“The police just gives you a roof over your head. If
you don’t have an income how will you take care of
yourself. What happens after six weeks, or another
She suggested that the relevant authorities and
shelters do proper assessments of victims that will
enrich their lives after they stay at a shelter. Last
week, the acting leader of government business Clar-
ence Rambharat said Government was expected to
commission five buildings—three to be used as shel-
ters for female victims and two for males victims.
RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
Over time, people’s expectations of a
significantly. Chairman of Amalgamated
Security Services Ltd (ASSL) Michael
Aboud said security officers have to keep
adapting and changing to meet the demands of
service and delivery.
He said the company has expanded its footprint
in the region and now operates in Barbados, Guyana,
St Lucia, Grenada, and Antigua.
“Our reputation is well-known throughout the
Aboud was speaking at the company’s 26th annual
employee recognition function—Time and Excellence
in Service, yesterday at the Daaga Auditorium, The
University of the West Indies, St Augustine campus.
Over 120 employees were awarded for ten, 15, 20, 25
and 30 years’ service. Merit, special, and the chairman’s
awards were presented to 49 employees.
Aboud said, “It is good to see we are still here togeth-
er. The motto for us in going forward is to seek change.
Change in how we go about doing our business.”
ASSL was founded in 1983, out of his vision and
determination to establish a company that provided
innovative and exclusive solutions, tailored to the
security industry and its clientèle.
Aboud referred to two employees who each served
30 years. The current chief operating officer, Curtis
Cummings, who started his career as a security guard
and the other, Pamela Hosein, who is now the chief
administrative officer and designate chief executive
officer, who started off as the executive assistant to
He said, “So the path that you are on is honourable
and it can bring rewards that you are looking for and
all the foundations that you are trying to build, in
terms of quality of life.”
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Chairman of Amalgamated Security Services Ltd,
Michael Aboud, centre, with chief operating
officer, Curtis Cummings and chief administrative
officer, Pamela Hosein, after they were presented
with their 30 years long service awards at the
company’s 26th annual awards at Daaga
Auditorium, yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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