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Population size: 


Number of people experiencing domestic abuse each year:

Between 1 and 2 out of every 3 women in Guyana have been victims of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (one of the highest rates among the Commonwealth Caribbean). Nearly 40% of women had experienced abuse. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE is the leading cause of injury in Guyana for women between the ages of 15 and 44).[2]

No research on male victims or other gender identities.

Cost of domestic abuse to the economy each year:

No research.

Estimated % change due to COVID-19:

No research

Current law and policy:

Guyana have committed to the COMMIT programme.  It will fully support Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals, on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. Speaking at the Global Leaders' Meeting on 27 September 2015, President David A. Granger said: “We seek to build a country in which women and girls can expect to live in safety, to be protected from abuse, such as trafficking in persons, domestic violence and workplace hazards.”

In 1996 the Domestic Violence Act was passed. The scope of the law is broad, it defines domestic abuse in the widest sense to include verbal, physical, sexual and psychological abuse between members of a household. The focus is on civil remedies and provides options for victims who do not want to pursue criminal proceedings.[3]

Public spending - 6.4% of GDP on violence containment (excluding individuals’ expenditures and indirect costs such as lost wages resulting from lower productivity or absenteeism).[4]

$2.7 million needed.[5]

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[1] The World Bank, (1).

[2] Stabroek News 20 Feb. 2011. (October 2012)

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