Saint Kitts and Nevis

Population size: 

53,206 [1]

Number of people experiencing domestic abuse each year:

No research.

Cost of domestic abuse to the economy each year:

No research.

Estimated % change due to COVID-19:

No research.


Current law and policy:

Violence against women and girls in St Kitts and Nevis has primarily been addressed through the legislation such as the Domestic Violence Act 2005. It is unclear whether the 2014 Domestic Violence Act has been fully implemented or is enforceable as its initial implementation was delayed due to a dissolution of the country’s Parliament in 2015 following a change of government.[2]  As such full implementation of the Domestic and Sexual Violence complaints and response protocol was delayed. In December 2018, the country launched the protocol with the policy aim of educating key stakeholders in the legal and criminal justice sector in addition to healthcare, education and childcare workers.[3] 

In addition to legislation, the special victims’ unit of the Royal St Christopher Police Force provides a dedicated facility staffed by specially trained officers who identify and investigate allegations that occur within families.[4] 

Frontline Services:

 

Sources


[1] Worldometer, “Saint Kitts and Nevis Population (Live)”, (worldometers.info)

[2] https://www.cepal.org/sites/default/files/informe_beijing25_saintchristopherandnevis_final.pdf

[3] https://www.thestkittsnevisobserver.com/protocol-launched-to-provide-clear-domestic-sexual-violence-guidelines/

[4] https://www.cepal.org/sites/default/files/informe_beijing25_saintchristopherandnevis_final.pdf