The document presents the results of a research on domestic violence in Antigua & Barbuda. It is based on: desk research; collection of data on the incidence of domestic violence; interviews and focus groups with key informants and stakeholders, the latter in three parishes (St. John, St. Phillip and St. Mary). It is based on the assumption that individual survivors do not bring domestic violence upon themselves: they are not the cause of, and neither are they to blame for having experienced this sort of violence.
In the context of the new Antigua & Barbuda Domestic Violence Act (2015), the research has aimed at filling the knowledge gap on the incidence, types, causes and effects of domestic violence, to more effectively inform advocacy, policy-making, programming, behavioural and social change. As far as possible, given the small number of men and boys who report domestic violence to the police and other relevant institutions, the research also sought to gather and analyze information on this specific sort of violence.
The research is part of the EU-funded project “DECIDES Caribbean – Cultural Rights to foster behavioural changes and women’s empowerment against Domestic Violence in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean,” developed by Interarts, Barcelona, Spain (project leader), in partnership with Women Against Rape (WAR), Antigua & Barbuda (NGO); Caribbean Women’s Association (CARIWA), Grenada (regional women’s NGO); and Advocates for Safe Parenthood; Improving Reproductive Equity (ASPIRE), St. Lucia (NGO).