In 2016 The Domestic Violence Act was signed into law and a victim's unit was added to their police force. Being that domestic abuse awareness is still in its infancy in the Caribbean, Hopefull Handbags is very passionate about involvement in this area.
36% of the population has either been a survivor of domestic violence or is closely involved with someone they know who has. The Barbados government has reported that this statistic may not represent this sector of population accurately as domestic violence is one of the most underreported crimes in the country. The US Department of State's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2015 similarly states that "violence and abuse against women continues to be a significant social problem".
Our local advocates in this area work hard, not only to provide the necessities for survivors but to also raise awareness and combat the social stigma regarding domestic violence throughout Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago. It is important to open the channels of communication within cultures globally. This not only serves to protect the rights of women who survive the situations, but it also instigates the fulfillment of need regarding resources and legislation. Women who are in volatile situations are much more likely to speak out about their situation if they know there are services available to aid in their exit and also legislation and law enforcement that will protect them from their abusers.