How will these victims gain access to Magistrates, Judges?

first_imgDear Editor,The Sexual Offences Act provides for police officers to be charged if they fail to institute charges against a suspect three months after a complaint was made and if they delay in seeking advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions. What about victims who claim that instead of taking their complaints, Police ridicule and insult them? In any case, why has no police been charged as there are many cases of refusal to institute charges or delaying them?As well, it was widely reported in the media that if Police do not take the complaints of victims of gender-based violence, such victims can report directly to a Magistrate. However, no one has revealed any mechanism through which this would be facilitated, given that an individual cannot simply walk up to a Magistrate. Magistrates and Judges have gatekeepers, who are usually police officers. They would inquire of victims the reason these victims want to speak to the Judiciary and they would never allow anyone access to a Judge or Magistrate if they are told that the person is a victim of abuse who wants to let the Judge or Magistrate know that Police refused to take complaints and/or act on such complaints.TCV is aware of many victims who have revealed the ridicule and insults they suffered at the hands of Police when they went to report abuse. In fact, we even know of situations where money changed hands (bribe-taking by Police) so that Police would do nothing. It has gotten so bad that many victims now refuse to go to the police, but instead come directly to TCV or other stakeholders for help. So the question remains, how will these victims gain access to Magistrates and Judges.Vinetta Headley-James, the 44-year-old mother of eight, recently murdered by her husband of 26 years, had been suffering years of abuse. In the media, a neighbour was quoted as “counseling her”. The Caribbean Voice and other stakeholders have emphasised over and over that only those who are professionally qualified and clinically experienced can counsel. Anyone else who attempts to do so can cause greater harm. We recall the case of a young lady, earlier this year, who ended up dying by suicide a couple of days after she started receiving counselling by one such quack. As well, we have also offered an expert to the Government to help set up protocols to license counsellors, so quacks and make-believe counsellors would face the full force of the law for their pretence. That offer is still open.Finally, anyone who has lived with an abuser must know that the abuser can easily be triggered to murder and should, therefore, as a matter of self-protection, desist from any such acts while still living with the abuser. One has to wonder, therefore, why did the victim dump the clothes of the abuser in the yard. Who would have ‘counselled’ her to do that?Sincerely,The Caribbean Voicelast_img read more

Dan Davies wins the Liberal nomination in Peace River North

first_imgHe also said he feels that the name of the riding, Peace River North, doesn’t reflect the boundaries of the riding — which extend all the way to the Yukon border.“Geographically speaking, Fort Nelson isn’t part of the Peace River. They are different, they’re part of Liard.” Davies added that a move taken by the Federal counterpart, to include ‘Northern Rockies’ in the riding name, could make it more inclusive.Pat Pimm,  the current Liberal MLA for Peace River North, announced his intentions to retire in November.  Pimm won the Liberal nomination in 2009, a race that both Mayor Ackerman and Davies were part of. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City Councilor Dan Davies has been nominated by members of the B.C. Liberals in Peace River North to represent the Liberal party during the next election in May 2017.Only two people ran for the position, Dan Davies and Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman.Below is the announcement made Saturday afternoon in Fort St. John which included a speech from Dan Davies.LIVE on #Periscope: BC Liberal Peace River North Candidate Nomination— Today’s BC Liberals (@bcliberals) May 14, 2016- Advertisement -Here is a tweet from the B.C. Liberal Party about the win.Advertisement Davies said at the beginning of this campaign, his main objectives is to bring an LNG industry to the northeast, to provide more jobs and more revenue for social infrastructure. He continued and addressed concerns about lacking healthcare specialists in the region, and his intentions to bring this issue to the attention of the government of B.C.“Truly, at the end of the day, we shouldn’t have a different healthcare system in Fort St. John or Fort Nelson than they do in Kelowna,” he added.Advertisementcenter_img [email protected]_Davies is the BC Liberal candidate for Peace River North. Welcome to Team 2017! #bcpoli #yxj #FortStJohn— Today’s BC Liberals (@bcliberals) May 14, 2016last_img read more