Minister Grange Urges Jamaicans to Open Their Eyes to Domestic Violence

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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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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.


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