Minister Grange Urges Jamaicans to Open Their Eyes to Domestic Violence

Gender Minister, Olivia Grange, is urging more Jamaicans not to turn a blind eye to incidents of intimate partner violence which could lead to tragedy.

Minister Grange was reacting to yesterday’s murder-suicide in which Patrick Gowans murdered his wife, Rouleene Clarke-Gowans, then took his life.Mr. Gowans committed the act in the presence of the estranged couple’s 12-year-old daughter.

The incident took place in the vicinity of Waltham Park Road in St. Andrew. Both spouses were correctional officers.

The incident has jolted the country and sparked discussion on mental health and domestic violence. Minister Grange says she’s troubled by the tendency of some people to turn to violence in response to intimate partner conflict.

The Gender Minister says the government is to pump more funds this fiscal year into creating additional places of refuge for women who are facing domestic abuse.

Minister Grange says it’ll take a multi-stakeholder effort to reduce domestic abuse and in particular, intimate partner violence.

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