A media release issued by the Office of the Prime Minister seeks to clarify with the public, the meaning and intent with which Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s statements on domestic violence were made during National Conversations with the Prime Minister on Monday.
The Office is indicating that these statements were misinterpreted by some groups which claim that the Prime Minister blamed the victim for the heinous incident that took place on Sunday 5th February, at MovieTowne.
His comments at the National Conversation were made based on the discussions from the audience which lamented that domestic violence was so pervasive and happening within private spaces.
It explained that the Prime Minister, having already responded on the various strategies to deal with violence, further advised that while he could provide protection in the wider environment for women, he could not provide such protection in the private spaces and lives.
The release added that the Prime Minister, being a father and grandfather and understanding the importance of the association we keep and our personal well being offered further empowering advice to women, by advising women that they have the responsibility to determine who they associate with and know when to get out.
The Prime Minister wants women to be empowered to make smart choices.
He is aware that such acts of violence are a clear signal for help by both victim and perpetrator.
It also pointed out that the Prime Minister is treating with amendments to the legislation to offer greater protection to domestic violence.