Domestic violence survivor receives hampers

DPI, Guyana, Friday, January 25, 2019

Minister of Social Protection, Amna Ally on Friday, made a donation to a survivor of domestic violence in an effort to aid the alleviation of life’s day-to-day challenges.

Red Thread’s spokeswoman and survivor of Domestic Violence, Natasha Houston who is currently pregnant, had suffered tremendous physical abuse at the hands of her husband, who is now deceased.

The hampers which contained food and baby supplies brought a smile to the face of the woman who expressed profound gratitude for the timely donations from the Ministry of Social Protection.

“I am thankful for everything so far and I am hoping for the best through my delivery and that everything come through safe. I want to thank her [Minister Ally] and her staff for everything,” Houston said.

Houston’s abusive husband went berserk and attacked Houston and their two children in August 2013. She was severely injured and lost her right arm while the children did not survive the assault. However, the woman said she is delighted by the support she has received over the years from the Ministry of Social Protection and other organisations.

The Ministry of Social Protection along with its strategic partners is committed to implementing legislation and policies relevant to the prevention and response to domestic violence.

Over the years the Ministry has raised awareness throughout Guyana on domestic violence within the ten administrative regions and provides survivor’s support services which include psycho-social services and trauma counselling among others.

Ayana George

Images: Giovanni Gajie

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