Domestic Violence

The NGO Caribbean Development Foundation (NCDF)  started its Domestic violence campaign in September 2010.

The foundation’s work on the issue of domestic violence is centered around the Non Governmental Organisations. Our work is meant to strengthen the sector so that they are better able to provide direct support to victims of domestic violence. Our campaign started with a regional conference held at the Cascadia Hotel in St. Ann’s Trinidad in September 2010. NGOs from across there region were brought to Trinidad, with the objective of having them put forward recommendations for coping with the issue of domestic violence in our region.

The petition below is a summary of some of the main recommendations put forward by  NGOs across the region after an extensive consultative process. The complete list of recommendations are to be found in the full Cascadia document below the petitions.

Sign the petition below and play your part to eradicate domestic violence in our region.

              Domestic Violence Petition


Click here to read and sign the Cascadia Protocol Petition-Trinidad & Tobago


Click here to read and sign the Cascadia Protocol Petition – Suriname


Click here to read and sign the Cascadia Protocol Petition – Barbados


Click here to read and sign the Cascadia Protocol Petition – Guyana








The Petitions above summarize the main recommendations put forward by the NGO sector in each country. The recommendations are meant to provide us with a framework  for coping with the issue of domestic violence in our region. To read the complete document click on the icon below for the full Cascadia Protocol


                       ” The Cascadia Protocol”

                      Click  on the icon below to read the full document.

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Read the full Cascadia Protocol document for each country


The Cascadia protocol is the key component of the NGO Caribbean Development Foundation’s violence against women campaign. The protocol is the result of an extensive consultative process with Non governmental organisations (NGOs) and other stakeholders across the CARICOM area. The recommendations in the protocol are based on the feedback from the consultative Forums held in each CARICOM country. The petition summarizes the key recommendations in the Cascadia Protocol document. The aim of the recommendations in the protocol is to provide regional governments with broad based policy guidelines for the implementation of programs and procedures that will directly and indirectly provide women experiencing violence in the home with a greater level of support and protection. The Protocols for Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Barbados and Guyana are the first to be released, and will be followed by the release of the document in other CARICOM states at a later date. The recommendations in the document for each country, are based on the feedback from the consultative forums held in each country




Overview of the violence against women campaign

2010 to 2012

The NCDF’ initiated its Violence against women campaign with a regional conference held at the Cascadia hotel in St. Ann’s Port of Spain , Trinidad in September 2010. This regional conference brought NGOs from across the CARICOM area together. The conference was funded by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This allowed the foundation to pay for the travel and accommodation of the foreign participants. The conference was also well attended by NGOs based here in Trinidad. The regional conference was attended by representatives from Eleven CARICOM states. Those states included: Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago, Subsequent to the regional forum held in Trinidad in September 2010, the board of the NCDF held follow up consultation forums in Six CARICOM countries, namely Barbados, Suriname, Grenada, Jamaica, Trinidad and Guyana. The Forums were widely advertised in each country in order to attract a wider body of NGOs and other stakeholders. The Forums were well attended in each country. Click on the icons below to review the minutes of the Consultative process.

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September 2010 regional conference on Domestic violence


Chamberlin Bridge

Barbados Consultative Forum-March 2011 Minutes


Suriname Consultative Forum – August 2011 Minutes


Grenada Consultative Forum – August 2011 Minutes

Trinidad Consultative Forum – October 2011 Minutes


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Jamaica consultative Forum -November 2011 Minutes


Guyana Consultative Forum – December 2011 Minutes

                  Campaign Events 2013 & 2014


Cathedral, Port of Spain

Interfaith Memorial Service for Victims of Domestic violence- Trinidad – February 2013


Suriname Symposium – March 15th , 2014


                                                                     A Call to men





The NCDF ended its 2014 campaign with a workshop that focused on rehabilitating men with a history of violence in the home. Click on the Icon above to review the material of the workshop.







                                                                   The Library

The Library


Included in our Library are copies of International agreements on violence against women, signed by CARICOM governments. There are also copies of the various domestic violence acts from across the region, as well as other documents of interest pertaining to this issue. Click on the icon above to access the aforementioned documents. If you have any information on the topic of domestic violence or gender based violence that you would like to share with us please email us at






City of Port of Spain, Photo by witek Hebanowski

The Violence against women campaign of The NGO Caribbean Development Foundation between 2010 to 2014 was funded by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Poland, The Kingdom of the Netherlands, Fernandes Business Centre, and the Foreign and commonwealth office of the United Kingdom

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The Kingdom of The Netherlands