Escalating rates of violence in families and among intimate relationships in Caribbean nations remains an understudied public health issue, and translating the public health significance and response is a regional challenge. New research in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma from D. Rohan Jeremiah, associate professor of community health sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Public Health, seeks to build a systematic definition of domestic violence and intimate partner violence in the region and proposes strategies for health promotion.
“Violence has always existed throughout the history of the Caribbean,” Dr. Jeremiah said. “In this publication, we critically looked at the persistence of violence from the standpoint of explaining the public health significance and correlating its long-term effects among the victims and perpetrators. What we concluded is that there is a need develop multi-dimensional strategies and interventions to curtail the violence.”
His co-authored research, “Domestic Violence Through a Caribbean Lens: Historical Context, Theories, Risks and Consequences, examined the steps that should be taken to create a clear definition of domestic violence and intimate partner violence. Their work acknowledges how the United Nations and the University of the West Indies have led inquiries on this area, but as Dr. Jeremiah says, the Caribbean needs to be implemented to a systematic process of standardized data collection.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on January 17