Are Some Churches Sustaining Gender-based Violence? These Civil Society Stakeholders Say Yes.


Some stakeholders are calling out some churches for what they say is the role they play in sustaining gender-based violence.

Their call comes as the nation is again outraged by the two latest incidents of murder spawned by intimate partner violence.

The incidents happened hours apart on the weekend.

Director of WMWJ formally Women’s Media Watch, Judith Wedderburn and Dr Herbert Gayle were addressing the issue on Tuesday’s edition of Nationwide @ 5.

Ms Wedderburn says she’s experienced cases in which powerful Church men are excused by their organisations when they abuse their wives.

She’s also calling for more safe places where battered women can seek refuge.

Dr Gayle says the Church should be pressured to do more to help battered women.

He’s also concerned about the response of the society, including policymakers, to gender-based violence.

Dr Gayle says if interventions are to be successful, greater focus should be placed on the perpetrators.

Meanwhile, Counseling Psychologist at The Phoenix Counselling Centre, Dr Patrece Charles, says perpetrators of gender-based violence should also receive counselling.

And, she also wants parents to be more proactive in educating their children from an early age about discerning the signs of an abusive relationship.

Dr Patrece Charles, Counselling Psychologist at The Phoenix Counselling Centre, speaking on Tuesday’s edition of Nationwide @ 5.

Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

One thought on “Are Some Churches Sustaining Gender-based Violence? These Civil Society Stakeholders Say Yes.

  1. TArthur

    Such a pity that what appears to be no more than a quip is used to taint churchmen. We should expect that a proportion of churchmen are abusers both mental and physical since they are merely a subset of the wider society. The greater criticism is against religion as a whole which is steeped in patriarchy ascribing superior and subservient roles to males and females. Changing that mindset will require a concerted effort to change cultural norms often accepted as given by both male and female and all the citizenry, institutions and government must be on board.


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