Grenada

Population size: 

112,000 [1]

Number of people experiencing domestic abuse each year:

There is a lack of data to describe the prevalence of domestic abuse in Grenada. However, there are regional studies that suggest that 1 in 3 women experience DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. [2]

1,630 reported cases of sexual offences during the period 2000 to 2010. [3]

No research on male victims or other gender identities.

Cost of domestic abuse to the economy each year:

$3,374,419 assigned to a 4-year plan. [4]

Estimated % change due to COVID-19:

No research.


Current law and policy:

Grenada commits to strengthening its newly established policies, legislations and government departments for preventing and combating violence against women. The government, in the Medium Term Agenda (2019-2021) has committed to strengthening interventions to combat domestic violence and child abuse. In order to achieve this, a Public Service Delivery Agreement has been developed and signed by seven Ministries of Government with different targets developed for each year. To facilitate implementation, a new Technical Working Group has been formed made up of senior technical staff members and monitored by the Office of the Cabinet.

The government, spearheaded by the Ministry of Social Development, held a series of student-oriented workshops in December 2019 entitled “16 Days of Activism against Gender-based violence) in order raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence. Government representatives commented that they will be implementing coordinated interventions to address gaps in the provision of multi-sectoral short-term and long-term responses to victims of sexual and intimate partner violence.

In September 2018, the Royal Grenada Police Force established a Special Victims Unit charged with responding to cases of domestic violence, sexual violence and child abuse. The police officers are trained in the specific areas of focus and the Unit delivers direct services to victims and is designed to improve the response of all Police Stations throughout Grenada. 

The Central Statistical Office, following the WHO model, is monitoring progress of these new policies and the results are expected to form the basis for evidence-based programming.

In March 2020, Grenada joined the Spotlight Initiative (a €500million project led by the European Union). The Caribbean will receive €50 million for implementation of a Caribbean Regional Programme as well as a number of country-level programmes. Grenada is one of six countries selected in the Caribbean, together with Belize, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago that will benefit from a specific country allocation to respond to family violence. [5]


Frontline Services:

 

Sources


[1] The World Bank, (1).

[2] https://www.refworld.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/rwmain?page=search&docid=4784def51e&skip=0&query=domestic%20violence&coi=GRD

[3] https://www.caribank.org/newsroom/news-and-events/combatting-domestic-violence- grenada-lacc-experience (Nov 2018)

[4] http://mptf.undp.org/document/download/23673 (Page 171-173 table) (Oct 2019)

[5] https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-Homepage/75690/spotlight-initiative-end-violence-against-women-and-girls-launched-grenada_nl (March 2020)


Further Reading


[1] https://www.cepal.org/sites/default/files/events/files/grenada_comprehensive_national_review_to_beijing_25_may_2019.pdf

[2] https://www.caribbeannewsglobal.com/grenada-government-supporting-law-reform-process/