With the State of Emergency going into effect tomorrow night, CEO in the Ministry of Human Development, Judith Alpuche noted that they are expecting an increase in domestic disputes. With that expectation and other factors considered, social work will be considered an essential service.
Judith Alpuche, CEO, Ministry of Human Development: “Social workers have been deemed to be essential because unfortunately during times like these you will have heightened, we’re expecting things like heightening gender based violence cases etc. – that’s an unfortunate factor of the kind of stressors that people will be facing. As a whole I just want to encourage people and if I can just put on my social worker hat to encourage people to really re-frame the way we view this state of emergency. I know there’s a lot that we’re being bombarded with on social media about all the negative effects of quarantine that people have been facing in other places but if we can re-frame it and see it as a national effort that we have to engage in to protect ourselves and to protect those that we love. To see it as an opportunity for us to spend time with our family, to really engage in things and ways that we didn’t have an opportunity to in our busy lives. So to really see the opportunity that is being presented to us through this state of emergency.”
We spoke to Police Commissioner Chester Williams on how prepared the Domestic Violence Unit is on the possible increase of household disturbances.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “They are prepared but no matter how prepared we are we may never be able to be as prepared as we should to be able to deal with the magnitude of complaints that will come our way. We do anticipate that there will be an increase and so we will do our best to ensure that we’ll be able to deal with the volume of complaints that are going to come in.”