The St James Municipal Corporation has affirmed its commitment to supporting the Victim Services Division, an institution which the corporation says continues to demonstrate strong commitment to rehabilitating victims across the parish.
The endorsement was expressed by Councillor of the Montego Bay South Division, Richard Vernon, who attended Overcomers in Action, an initiative under the purview of the Ministry of Justice through the Victim Services Division.
The Ministry of Justice’s St. Ann Victim Services Division (VSD) is playing a key role in providing healing and support for victims of crime in the parish, particularly children.
Acting Manager, Bernita Black, told JIS News that the office assists up to 60 persons on a monthly basis.
Services include preparing clients for court, and helping them deal with the emotional trauma caused by crime through mediation and counselling.
“We also do crisis intervention where we provide on-the-scene response or home visits,” Ms. Black said.
Mrs. Carol Palmer, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice said that the continued implementation of justice reform recommendations will cost $7B to the fiscal year 2019/2020 when the significant programmes of reform are expected to be concluded. She was speaking this morning (Nov 15, 2016) at a contract signing and the Ministry’s first quarterly press briefing, which took place at the Ministry’s Constant Spring Road Office.
Justice Minister, the Hon. Delroy Chuck, declares that Jamaica is aiming for Tier 1 ranking on the United States’ Department of State ranking on Human Trafficking. That would be a further improvement for Jamaica that was graded in 2016 to Tier 2.
He said that the Tier 2 ranking “Has come from years of consistent work at the national level led by the Taskforce which has strengthened our capacity to improve year after year.”