Seek help! - Domestic violence victims urged to get out of abusive relationships
Acting director for community liaison at the Bureau of Gender Affairs (BGA), Nardia McLaren, has called for victims of domestic abuse not to retaliate with violence but to get out of the relationship and seek help.
In making the call, McLaren said that intimate-partner violence is normalised when the abuser responds with similar aggression.
"We are creating abusers and perpetrators, we are normalising violence, and we are accepting violence if we are doing things like that. If we are to break the cycle of abuse, we can't buy guns, wi haffi leave," McLaren said.
She was addressing the National Training for First-Level Responders on Gender-based Violence held recently at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.
McLaren said that when violence becomes a routine in intimate partner relationships, it is best for the victim to move out of the situation. She pointed out that children who witness such violence are at serious risk for their long-term physical and mental health.
"If somebody is a psychopath, we move away from them. That is why we have shelters; we are not encouraging abuse. Get help and leave the situation. Some things you cannot do by yourself, you have to get the necessary interventions," she said.