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Director of The Bahamas Crisis Centre, Dr. Sandra Dean-Patterson, presents Minister of National Security Dr. the Hon. Bernard J. Nottage with a T-Shirt commemorating the hosting of the 2012 The Bahamas Crisis Centre Regional Peace Conference currently underway in New Providence. Dr. Nottage commended Dr. Dean-Patterson for her "pioneering work" in assisting victim's of domestic violence within The Bahamas. (BIS Photo/Kristaan Ingraham)
NASSAU, The Bahamas
--- Minister of National Security, Dr. the Hon. Bernard J. Nottage
Wednesday commended human rights advocate Dr. Sandra Dean-Patterson and
The Bahamas Crisis Centre for “30 years of advocacy and steadfast
service” to victims of domestic violence within The Bahamas.
take this opportunity to recognise Dr. Sandra Dean-Patterson for the
pioneering work she has done in bringing domestic and sexual violence
issues to the fore (and) at a time when such subjects were viewed as
taboo and largely as private matters taking place within the confines of
the home, and not to be discussed publicly,” Dr. Nottage said.
Patterson’s perseverance, indomitable spirit and fortitude in keeping
the Crisis Centre operational and relevant to the needs of the community
these many years is commendable.”
National Security Minister’s comments came while delivering the Opening
Remarks at the start of the Working Sessions for The Bahamas Crisis
Centre’s Regional Peace Conference which is being held “in recognition
of 30 years of advocacy and service to victims of violence.”
Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie delivered the keynote
address during the Conference’s Official Opening Ceremony held Tuesday,
September 18. The Conference is being held under the theme: “Peace at
Home, Peace in Our Community, Creating Partnerships and Solutions to
Transform Our Homes and Communities.”
have witnessed the Centre’s transition from a fledgling
Non-Governmental Organisation known as the Women’s Crisis Centre and
focusing on women who were suffering abuse, into The Bahamas Crisis
Centre in recognition of the realisation that men also need help from
abusive situations,” Dr. Nottage said.
The Bahamas Crisis Centre stands as a shining example of what care,
compassion and the desire to assist others in their time of need is all
Nottage also commended the Centre’s volunteers and donors – both past
and present - for “the unselfish services and financial contributions
they make as they give of their resources to assist vulnerable persons
in our communities.”
National Security Minister said the Conference’s focus on Peace in the
home and the community was relevant in the fight against domestic
violence which he said accounts for 25 per cent of all murders committed
within the Caribbean.
begins at home. This is an idea that many of us hold dear. But for many
women, children, elders and families in our community this is not the
case,” Dr. Nottage said.
too many, home is not a place of safety, security and sanctuary. It is a
place where family members or intimate partners use violence and
coercion to maintain power and
That is why this Conference is so relevant with its focus on its theme.
At the heart of this Conference is the effort to help stop family
violence in our homes and communities,” Dr. Nottage added.
Dr. Nottage said violence and abuse take root in the many types of inequality in society.
at-risk are women, children, youth, the elderly, and persons with
disabilities. People in our community are also vulnerable to violence
and abuse because of their ethnicity, health, sexual orientation, or
economic status. Violence and abuse can be verbal, physical, sexual,
emotional, psychological or financial,” Dr. Nottage said.
subject is still very much taboo, but it must be the goal of all
Bahamians to bring this issue into the open and bring the community
together in a collective commitment to end family violence,” Dr. Nottage
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