Government spends $15M on domestic violence training for religious leaders

His Excellency President Bharrat Jagdeo addressing religious leaders at the opening session of a training seminar on Domestic violence at the National Cultural Centre

Government will be spending $15M to train religious leaders in a faith-based approach to deal with domestic violence. President Bharrat Jagdeo disclosed this today at a press conference at his office.

He said that Guyana has passed some of the most advanced legislation in the world as it relates to domestic violence. However, he pointed out that adequate training and the much required sensitivity to the issue is also necessary.

“We plan to correct this deficiency and we think that the best partner in doing this is the religious community,” President Jagdeo said.

Approximately 600 members of the Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Rastafarian, and Bahai faiths will undertake the training, that will be conducted by New York based established inter-faith counselling service provider on domestic violence, led by Dr. Cecil Mercurius.

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