VAW Regional Conference

ON September 21st and 22nd The NGO Caribbean Development Foundation held a regional conference on domestic violence.

The conference was held at the Cascadia Hotel in St. Ann’s Port of Spain,Trinidad and was funded by The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The objective of the conference was to bring together NGOs from across the CARICOM area working towards the prevention and eradication of domestic violence in the region.

The conference focused mainly  on NGOs providing shelter and

assistance to women experiencing violence in the home.

The purpose of bringing these NGOs together was to have them

identify the problems they experience in the delivery of their services to victims of domestic violence ,and to have them recommend solutions to the problems they identified.

The conference successfully met its objective. Coming out of the conference is a list of recommendations to improve the level of support provided to women experiencing violence in the home. The document is called the ‘Cascadia Document’.

The conference was facilitated by Dr. Victoria Pasley,  associate professor at  Clayton State University in Atlanta.


List of Participating NGOs

The Shelter – Trinidad

Woman’s Inc – Kingston – Jamaica

Woman’s Inc – Montego Bay –  Jamaica

Grenada National Organisation of Women – Grenada

Help & Shelter- Guyana

The Crisis Centre – Bahamas

St. Lucia Crisis Centre – St. Lucia

Stop Violence Against Women – Surinam

llse Henar Foundation for Women’s Rights – Surinam

Haven House – Belize

CIWIL – Antigua

Dominica National Council of Women – Dominica

Barbados Professional Women’s Club – Barbados

Nekevah Rescue Center-Trinidad

Rape Crisis Society of  Trinidad & Tobago

The Halfway House – Trinidad

The Hope Shelter – Trinidad

Cedars House – Grenada

Madinah House – Trinidad

Mizpeh Halfway House – Trinidad

The Trinidad and Tobago Association of Psychologist

Families in Action – Trinidad

Union of Women’s Citizens – Trinidad




The Regional conference was

sponsored by The Polish Ministry

of Foreign Affairs