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Abuse helpline: (246) 435 8222

Barbados Children Directory



The Child Care Board

Support & help for child abuse


Save Foundation

Help against Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse


Bureau of Women’s Affairs

Tel: (246) 431-0851


Barbados Professional Women Crisis Centre and Shelter


Tel: (246) 435-8222

BPW Barbados operates a 24 hour Crisis Centre hotline which started in 1986 as a response to outrage of rapes and murders.  It provides confidential counseling and referrals for victims of violence and general counseling issues. It also serves as:

  • An information centre
  • The primary contact for potential shelter residents
  • A support base for ex-residents and repeat callers
  • A medium for receiving phone-based counseling for a myriad of problems
  • An avenue for setting up face-to-face counseling
  • The medium for contact with The Royal Barbados Police Force and the social agencies


The president: Nalita Gajhadar

Telephone: 1246 310 2105

Email: nalitag@caribsurf.com

Treasurer: Marlene Hewitt

Telephone 1246 310 2219

Email: Mehewitt@hotmail.com

Immediate past president: Mary Thompson

Telephone: 124 6429 3704

Email: maryt@caribsurf.com

Shelter Coordinator: Marva Browne

Telephone: 1246 423 6461

Email brownes@caribsurf.com

SAVE Foundation (Service Alliance for Violent Encounters)


Hotline: 43-ABUSE or  432-2873


National Organisation of Women (NOW) Barbados

Nalita Gajadhar, Jacqueline Banfield



P.O. Box 962



Telephone: 246-426-5129

Sexual Violence Against Children in the Caribbean: Report 2012 https://www.unicef.org/easterncaribbean/ECAO_Sexual_Violence_againstChildren_in_the_Caribbean.pdf

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Facts about gender based violence in the Caribbean

A report published by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), has revealed that the Caribbean region continues to battle with persistent gender inequalities. The report, which is a compilation of data from 10 Caribbean countries, aims to provide a situational analysis of gender equality in the BMCs, to inform national budgeting, planning and programming. The 10 CDB Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) surveyed were Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia as well as St. Vincent and the Grenadines. In 2010 CDB provided resources to these BMCs to conduct Country Gender Assessments (CGAs), and a Synthesis Report was generated to highlight areas of gender inequality in the BMCs. Some of the inequalities highlighted in the CGA Synthesis Report 2016 are: Occupational segregation with women tending to have lower-waged occupations in the economy and a lower female labour force participation. Higher educational achievements of girls does not yet translate in a higher participation in the labour market and closing of the wage gap. A high proportion of female-headed households in poverty and with high dependency ratios. Social isolation of elderly men. Educational gaps at secondary and tertiary levels with mixed results for boys and girls. Drop out of boys increases the potential of deviance and anti-social behaviour. Drop outs of girls might be related to teenage pregnancies resulting in incomplete education. Gender-based violence as being endemic among the researched countries. The Report reveals a predominance of male perpetrators (reported cases), women and girls as the vast majority of victims, and men and boys increasingly reporting gender-based violence. These gender inequalities do not only represent human rights issues, but are also serious constraints to economic growth and well-being in the Region. The data presented in the CGAs and the Synthesis Report can provide the basis for evidence-based policy-making to address some of these issues. In recognition of the diversity within the populations and communities of the BMCs surveyed, the CGA research process utilised a highly participatory approach, and provided opportunities for a wide cross-section of society to share their views. Each country surveyed took responsibility for the conduct of the assessment, as well as in defining strategies and policies to address gender inequality. CDB remains committed to enhancing gender equality in its BMCs. The Bank follows a multitrack strategy by gender mainstreaming all of its programmes, projects and strategies, in particular its Social and Economic Infrastructure interventions, and by designing and implementing gender-specific initiatives. CDB also facilitates interventions in areas such as gender capacity development of public institutions, measures to combat gender-based violence, empowering women economically through trade-related activities and changing occupational segregation with education programmes. A further area is the production of sex-disaggregated and gender data as well as of knowledge products like the CGAs. These measures are implemented in Partnership with and through policy dialogue with the Borrowing Member Countries, working together with other development partners.

Source: Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Published on May 20, 2016 https://www.caribank.org/newsroom/news-and-events/gender-inequality-remains-persistent-caribbean-cdb-report