United States Embassy Donates Books on Domestic Violence to Culture Ministry of Barbados

In a ceremony at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, U.S. Charge d’Affaires Christopher Sandrolini presented four sets of books on domestic violence to government and non-governmental organizations that support survivors.

The books address domestic violence issues including perpetrator intervention, approaches to assisting survivors, and the impact on children in abusive families. The sets will help augment the resource libraries and work of the Bureau of Gender Affairs, the Child Care Board, the National Organization of Women, and the Business and Professional Women’s Club.

In making the presentation, Charge d’Affaires Sandrolini said, “We hope that these books will support your ongoing efforts, perhaps introduce new and helpful approaches, and help the survivors of domestic violence in Barbados.” He added that “This violence affects all corners of our community and, to paraphrase Secretary Clinton, it shreds the fabric of society.”

Minister Stephen Lashley thanked the Charge d’Affaires, and underlined that the books would certainly help each of the organizations in their important work. Ms. Marilyn Rice-Bowen accepted the books on behalf of the National Organization of Women, and spoke with Embassy officials on continued cooperation in strengthening the non-governmental sector in Barbados and across the region. Accepting on behalf of the Business and Professional Women’s Club, Ms. Marianne Burnham said the books would help her organization in its work to support survivors and their families to deal with the impact of domestic violence in Barbados.

The U.S. Embassy is committed to strengthening efforts in Barbados across the Eastern Caribbean to support survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. Over the past year, the Embassy has brought American experts to the region to augment local efforts to build a multi-faceted approach to preventing violence and helping survivors. The Embassy has also supported the community outreach efforts of local non-governmental organizations through our small grants program.

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