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 If you are a victim of domestic abuse you are not alone!  

For confidential help call the Crisis Line:   943–CICC (2422)

 

As in most parts of the world, Domestic abuse is a real problem here in the Cayman Islands. Unlike a lot of places the Cayman community is working to put an end to the problem here.  

Mission:

To provide safe, temporary, shelter and a supportive environment for abused women and their children.

         The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre (CICC) is a locally run charitable company that was established in early 2003.  Our primary mandate is to provide a safe haven for abused women and their children.  The CICC acknowledges that domestic abuse is a violation of an individuals’ human rights, and is not just a problem that effects the persons directly involved but also their families and the community.   

      Everyone deserves the right to live a life free of violence.  CICC is dedicated to seeing an end to this horrific crime and through  our services and programmes we hope to educate the community in order to prevent domestic abuse.

Anyone wanting more information on the CICC or wanting to help by making a donation, please call 345-949-0366.

Cayman Islands Crisis Centre Services:

24 hour Crisis Line 943-CICC (2422)                  

  • Primary contact for the Centre admittance
  • Trained professionals providing assistance

         guidance and crisis counseling   

  

In -House Programme

  • 24 Hour 7 days a week access to the shelter
  • Housing for 18 women & their children
  • Risk Assessment
  • Case Management
  • Support Groups
  • Referral services:

                Legal Advice

                Legal Aid

                Social Services

                Family Support Unit

                Employment Services

                Substance Abuse Services

  • Plan and Provide Transitional Assistance:           

                Housing

                Job skills etc.

  • Parenting education
  • Workshops on healthy lifestyles etc.
  • Volunteer programme

Domestic Abuse Awareness Programme for:                Schools

                Churches

                Community Organizations

                Companies/Corporations

                Government Agencies

Children’s Programme

  • Children’s coordinator
  • In house teacher –continued education for children in the Centre
  • Liaison between Centre & Schools
  • Counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Art therapy
  • Tutoring
  • Student Assessments
  • Coordinate and develop after school activities
  • Age appropriate domestic abuse/relationship abuse education within schools
  • Dating violence/date rape awareness in schools

Security

  • Electronic security surveillance
  • 24 hour security guard

If you are a victim of domestic abuse you are not alone!  

For confidential help call the Crisis Line:   943–CICC (2422)

 

National Committee Against Domestic Abuse.

 Training

A multi-agency group consisting of both non-government and government agencies have joined together as NCADA (National Committee Against Domestic Abuse).  NCADA oversees and directs the Domestic Violence Intervention Training Program.  This program is in the process of training all police officers in the country, as well as other government and non-government individuals in dealing with domestic Abuse situation. This program is well underway and the feedback from the people taking the four day course has been excellent.

Public Awareness

With the support of CITN (the local TV station) a series of monthly hour long TV programs, "Focus On Domestic Abuse", is in its second year of helping to inform and educate the public about the problem and help that is available to both victims and perpetrators. Although we are not all a part of the problem we can all be a part of the solution.  Education is the key to change and this is the goal of these shows.  "Thanks' CITN, and the shows sponsors.

Mandate of the

National Committee Against Domestic Abuse

 

The National Committee Against Domestic Abuse will seek to promote, encourage and ensure a Zero Tolerance approach to domestic abuse in our families and our communities.  This will be achieved through a multi-agency approach recognizing the various backgrounds, strengths and skills of the various governmental and non-governmental organizations in our community.   Through our partnerships and networking, the mandate of the NADA will focus on four primary actions in dealing with domestic abuse.  These actions include: Educate, Facilitate, Rehabilitate and Eradicate.  The Committee will carry out its mandate through public awareness activities, recommendations to various bodies, direct and indirect action and support for events promoting zero tolerance of abuse.

1.     Educate

Educate the public on the scope of the issue surrounding domestic abuse recognizing that it is a social problem which does not just affect the private family arena but also affects the wider public and the community as a whole. 

2.      Facilitate

Through public education seminars, campaigns and various awareness activities, raise the education of the community on this issue facilitating access to the various agencies for those wanting or needing assistance.

3.      Rehabilitate

Through rehabilitation of victims, the individuals and any children involved may be able to break the cycle of abuse into which they were caught.  Provide a focus for the rehabilitation of both victims of abuse and perpetrators of abuse.  It is through a rehabilitative effort that the repeat rates of offenders will be reduced. 

4.      Eradicate

Through consistent and continued public awareness efforts and the adoption of a zero tolerance approach will the final goal of eradication be a reality.  Through the efforts of the organizations involved in the multi-agency effort of the National Committee will we find strength in each other and in the community to not only end the cycle of domestic abuse but also to prevent it from beginning.

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