Tuesday, August 4th, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: The recent spate of domestic incidents involving and against women has become serious enough to attract the attention of the Police Department which is fashioning a special strategy to address it.
Also keeping an eye is the office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children, and today Mrs. Kim Simplis-Barrow addressed the issue with reporters, saying that change requires a total and societal collaboration.
The office continues to conduct its assessments of the situation, but it has found that at least in part, the problem may be economic – women without a source of income forced to depend on abusers to get by. The Special Envoy says they have been working to provide opportunities for women to gain economic independence by becoming entrepreneurs.
In the last few months, Maria Pech was set on fire by her husband but survived; the spouses of Juana Cardinez and Keisha Buller are accused of killing them; police seek the ex-spouse of Merlin Mejia whose throat was slashed in Belize City last week,
and Coast Guard seaman Keyren Tzib has been accused of attempted murder and manslaughter for separate attacks on a supervisor and her common-law husband.