Gender-based Violence or GBV means abusive behaviours that are committed because of a person’s gender or sex. The abuse or violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological. GBV occurs in both private and public places.
The most common forms of GBV in Grenada are:
- sexual abuse
- intimate partner violence (IPV), called domestic violence
- sexual harassment
GBV occurs most often between persons who know each other, but it also happens between strangers. These abuses can be carried out by a current or former spouse, a current or past boyfriend or girlfriend, a date, a family member, an acquaintance, or others. They can also be committed by persons in the workplace or community, and even by strangers.
What is the Gender-based Violence Unit?
The Gender-based Violence Unit (GBVU) is part of the Division of Gender and Family Affairs of the Ministry of Social Development, Housing and Community Empowerment. It provides services to female and male victims and survivors of gender based violence, in particular:
- Any form of domestic violence between persons in current or past intimate relationships, including dating, visiting, living-in, or spousal relationships of any duration.
- Any form of sexual violence (rape, sexual assault, incest, etc) against an adult (18 years and over).
The Unit is located at the Ministry’s Headquarters on the first floor of the Ministerial Complex, Botanical Gardens, Tanteen, St George’s (Tel. 473-440-7952 or 473-440-2269). Services can be arranged at the Sub-Offices which are located in Grenville, Petite Esperance, Victoria or Sauteurs when needed.