Friday, June 05, 2020

The continuing increase in the number of reports of domestic and family violence since the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown has been seen as an eminent cause for concern by Sint Maarten Police Force. It is evident that an increase in community awareness is needed in order to bring this abusive behavior to a drastic halt.

When people think of domestic abuse, they often focus on domestic violence. But domestic abuse includes any attempt by one person in an intimate relationship or marriage to dominate and control the other. Domestic violence and abuse are used for one purpose and one purpose only: to gain and maintain total control over the other.  Be aware that the abuser doesn’t play fair. An abuser uses fear, guilt, shame, and intimidation to wear the victim down.

Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone; it does not discriminate, abuse happens within all relationships. While women are more often victimized, men also experience abuse especially verbal and emotional. The bottom line is that abusive behavior is never acceptable, whether from a man, woman, teenager, or an older adult. You deserve to feel valued, respected, and safe.

This behavior should no longer be considered as a private matter. It is recognized by all sectors that abusive behavior towards a person in a relationship constitutes criminal behavior and is punishable by law.

The Sint Maarten Police Force is actively committed to improving our operational response to this crime during this epidemic. Persons choosing to engage in abusive

actions will be held to account for their actions, it is just a matter of time. Instead of engaging in this illegal. You alone are responsible for your behavior. Do the right thing, put a stop to the abuse.

 If you need help please leave a message on the anonymous tip line # 9300 or you can also send a private message via our Facebook Page- Police Force of Sint Maarten - KorpsPolitieSint Maarten or website https://www.policesxm.sx/ 24/7.

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