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When it comes to violence against women, Jamaica is still woefully behind other countries in terms of actions against this social problem. Thirty years ago, in 1984, wife beating and rape were the main crimes against women. Now crimes against women have escalated to include abduction, rape, murder, domestic violence, and other acts of violence. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) intimate partner and sexual violence against women were major public health concerns and violations against the human rights of women.
The official numbers of reported cases of violence against women reflect only the tip of the iceberg as such numbers identify those victims who spoke up. The fact is that violence against women continues with the silence of victims. One statistic suggests that more than 30 percent of victims never report the assault; but as more women are employed and laws are put in place to protect them more victims are making reports. It is however still shameful how the police treat domestic violence incidents when these are reported to them by victims who are brave enough to come forward. The lack of action that usually follows such reports because it is family business creates the impetus for continued abuse of women in the home.