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It is time to end Domestic Violence!

Earlier this month, 46-year-old Hermelinda Pinks Emmanuel and her husband 43-year-old Jason Emmanuel were found dead in their home. It is alleged that Hermelinda died at the hands of her husband Jason Emmanuel who later turned the gun on himself.  The tragedy sent shock-waves through the community and left us with more questions than answers.  Nevertheless, this is not the first time such an incident occurred. Therefore, the question we should all be asking is what drives a man to commit such a heinous act.  Love news spoke with Collin Estrada, Counsellor at the Ministry of Education who explained.


Collin Estrada – Counsellor, Ministry of Education

“In most cases what you have is the person might have been predisposed to mental illness, it can also be some level of depression and then when we look at it they can also have some level of substance abuse. You have to be able to go back into the person’s childhood to be able to find out exactly what was disturbing the person. There are certain profiles and so you might look at your relationship with the person who might be a  narcissist. You might have a situation whereby your home is always a hostile environment. There are issues with communication, there are issues with control, and issues whereby the person makes you feel unworthy. It is never a good thing for somebody to be in a toxic relationship whereby they are demeaned, whereby they are being taken advantage of.”

Estrada said that to a certain extent, domestic violence has been socially acceptable.

Collin Estrada – Counsellor, Ministry of Education

“In certain circles, it is accepted because of the way how we have been socialized, people are sometimes afraid to talk about it to deal with the matter head-on and then what happens is a lot of times people, even friends, family members, some family members might keep their mouth shut. A lot of times we have been told not to get into pillow talk but once it is there, once you know then the onus is upon us to be able to speak out against it, do our part against it and not have a level of hypocrisy when it comes to it. If you know it we have to be able to talk or do something about it.”

Estrada added that to leave or stay in an abusive relationship is a personal choice, as a counsellor, he can only advise; however, at the end of the day, the person has to gather the strength to do so.