Little Child sparks Gift Drive for Children of Domestic Abuse

Barbados has no shelters for male victims of domestic violence.

This was confirmed by acting president of the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Barbados (BPW), Nicole Alleyne, she was in Haggatt Hall to receive a donation of gifts for children from homes under domestic violence.

The donation came from Warrens Primary near Cutting Road, and the BPW President stated while Ms Alleyne (extreme left) is aware that men too can be victims, unfortunately the shelter shelter only accommodates male children up to the age of 14. At the same time she is unaware of any shelter for men of a similar nature.

If boys are 15 or older yet not adult they are requested to make alternative arrangements, since studies show there is a possibility for young males to duplicate the aggression they encountered while growing up…

The BPW president noted that while incidences of domestic violence appear to be on the decline, nevertheless the shelter her organisation created fills especially every Christmas.

The concept for the change in the gift drive was by Zada Reid (infant with spectacles), a 5 year old student at the school, Principal Kim Davis Edwards (adult, left) provided background on the notion which captures the true spirit of Christmas, she told media how Zada’s mother explained the toddler is always a giving sort and she said instead of a gift exchange with other students why not give gifts to children who otherwise may have a tough Christmas.

Warrens Primary has 139 students ranging in age from 2 to 10 years old.

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