Barbados: Details on state protection available to victims of domestic violence
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||24 September 2003|
|Citation / Document Symbol||BRB42002.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Barbados: Details on state protection available to victims of domestic violence, 24 September 2003, BRB42002.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/403dd1e60.html [accessed 18 May 2013]|
Further to the information provided in Country Reports 2002, BRB39025.E of 12 June 2002 and earlier Responses, the following information on state protection measures available to victims of domestic violence was provided by the Government of Barbados in its fourth periodic report before the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). The report is dated 24 November 2000 and was heard by CEDAW in August 2002 (UN 13 Aug. 2002).
Invoking the Domestic Violence (Protection) Orders Legislation may protect a Woman who has been violently attacked in domestic circumstances. Protection orders may be obtained from a magistrate on the application of the victim, any other on her behalf or the Commissioner of Police. In the more serious circumstances, the police may seek to place the female in protective custody.
Under the Domestic Violence Legislation, orders could be made restricting the attackers' access to the victim. A 'power of arrest' may also be attached to such order if it is thought that the attacker is likely to breach the order (UN 24 Nov. 2000, 28).
During a 22 September 2003 telephone interview, a senior staff member of the Bureau of Women's Affairs of Barbados corroborated the above information, while adding the following: There has been no change made in the protection measures available to victims of domestic violence since the 1992 Domestic Violence Protection Orders Act; however, instead of police custody for victims who might be at risk, the Bureau has provided a safe-house that is managed by a local non-governmental organization. The safe-house is meant only for temporary shelter (Barbados 22 Sept. 2003). Counselling for victims is also available through the Department of Welfare, which, whenever possible, provides counselling to victims and families that go before the court. The preferred goal of the counselling assistance is to keep families together (ibid.).
A copy of the 1992 Domestic Violence Protection Orders Act could not be obtained for inclusion with this Response within time constraints.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.
Barbados. 22 September 2003. Bureau of Women's Affairs, Bridgetown. Telephone interview with senior staff member.
United Nations (UN). 13 August 2002. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). "CEDAW Exceptional Session 5-23 August 2002."
_____. 24 November 2000. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Consideration of Reports Submitted by States Parties Under Article 18 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Fourth Periodic Report of States Parties: Barbados. (CEDAW/c/BAR/4)