Saint Lucia

Population size: 

183,600 [1]

Number of people experiencing domestic abuse each year:

2010 report by UN Development Program, 11,000 male and female adults were interviewed, 9.7% had experienced some form of physical violence by a member of their household. [2]

Cost of domestic abuse to the economy each year:

No research.

Estimated % change due to COVID-19:

No research.


Current law and policy:

The Minister for Gender Relations, Dr Gale Rigobert, called on stakeholders to ensure that new draft legislation on domestic violence was finalised (March 2020) [3]. Speaking in July 2020 the Minister of Gender relations Dr Gale Rigobert stated that violence against women is a major challenge and victims of domestic violence suffer in isolation and silence. [4]

Furthermore, in July 2020, the Minister, remarked that the department of Gender Relations had been working to further strengthen the legal framework and that that it was in the process of drafting a range of legislation concerning vulnerable women and dealing with crimes against women and children . [5]

In addition to this the Minister called upon the general public to play their part in ending gender-based violence whilst also encouraging victims to use the services of the Women’s Support Centre crisis hotline . [6]


Frontline Services:

 

Sources


[1] Worldometer, “Saint Lucia Population (Live)”, (worldometers.info)

[2] https://www.refworld.org/docid/568e2bd14.html

[3] https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=663505424403065

[4] https://www.sistersforchange.org.uk/where-we-work/st-lucia/

[5] https://www.thevoiceslu.com/2020/07/ministry-calls-for-a-ramped-up-public-education-drive-and-swifter-review-and-enactment-of-laws-against-gender-based-violence/

[6] https://www.stlucianewsonline.com/gender-relations-minister-appeals-for-citizens-to-play-their-part-to-end-gender-based-violence/