February 25, 2021

Gender Based Violence Unit Received 2,622 Reports In First Year Of Operation

By Newsroom

Of the 2,622 reports made to the Gender Based Violence Unit of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service since it was launched in 2020, 2,338 were made by women.

This was revealed by  Superintendent Claire Guy-Alleyne during a media conference on Thursday.

Three hundred and eighty-eight of the reports led to arrests, with a total of 368 charges before the courts. 

Supt. Guy-Alleyne said while the ratio may show only a small portion if reports leading to arrests, this was largely due to the fact that most times victims request that their perpetrators be given a warning.

“A domestic violence victim truly loves their spouse and all they want is for the abuse to stop. But we will continue to enforce the law and ensure that matters are taken before the court and persecuted,” she said. 

Meanwhile, the  TTPS is set to launch the Special Victims Department soon, which will  encompasses the Child Protection Unit, the Gender Based Unit and the newly formed Sexual Offenses Unit.