Domestic Violence in Barbados: Who will protect the victim?

Juliette Maughan
Posted May 5, 2012 from Barbados

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to share a story of domestic violence in my country, Barbados. As a current Voices of the Future Correspondent, I feel honoured to have been contacted by this woman and to be able to share her story.

Please note that the law does provide for rape within a marital situation. For some reason the police communicated otherwise.

After sharing the story on my social networks, another woman sent me a short account of a childhood memory she has. The story can be found here.

Hopefully by sharing these stories, other women will be inspired to share and start speaking with their own voices. Until then, I welcome your comments and recommendations.



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Shwe Hmon
May 07, 2012
May 07, 2012

Dear Juliette,

Thank you very much for sharing your posts here in the Ending Gender Base Violence. We can easily access to the posts. You are really donging a great job. The posts really shows you as trustworthy, dependable and powerful woman in your community.

Best Regards, Insha

Juliette Maughan
May 07, 2012
May 07, 2012

Thank you for your kind words.

This was something that I did as a one off and have subsequently received other accounts that women shared with me.

I am unsure what the next step is other than to recommend that they reach out to the support groups in my country.

What can be done to get the police to pay more attention?

What can be done to get men to discuss this issue?

I am appreciative of any best practices or guidance.


May 26, 2012
May 26, 2012

It's good to see some action here. I remember meeting a woman in a rural village near Kingston, who had been beaten by her husband so badly she had suffered a stroke.

She did recover but I was shocked to see her husband still working happily on the farm where they lived!

I was told at the time there was nothing an outsider could do about this kind of thing but it's really good to see locals from neighbouring countries addressing this problem.

Nice work

Juliette Maughan
May 26, 2012
May 26, 2012

Hi Elam,

I just took action on a very basic level. It is an issue worldwide.

Very complex to address. Men and masculinity and what it means to be a man, or a woman, has not extended to... thou should respect one another (full stop).

I am still learning. (sigh).

What is most disheartening is the fact that the law enforcement/ judicial system appear to do very little.

Really difficult...