Stop ‘Glamourizing’ Domestic Violence! – UWI Professor

Noted psychiatrist and University Lecturer, Professor Wendel Abel, is urging sections of the media to desist from what he’s describing as the glamourizing cases of domestic violence and other incidents of criminality.

Professor Abel says the media have gone too far.

The Police have reported that over 60 people, including several women, have been killed this year arising from domestic disputes.

Professor Abel says the media also have a crucial role to play in the fight against crime.

Professor Abel says cases of domestic violence are nothing new.

He says it’s time for the country to take stock and pursue fundamental changes to its values and morals.

Professor Abel says changes also have to be made to what is considered acceptable in Jamaica’s popular culture.

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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.