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The Acting Commissioner of Police is suggesting the need to create a domestic violence unit within the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

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NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Domestic violence will not be tolerated, according to the Acting Commissioner of Police who suggests the need to create a domestic violence unit within the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

Sasha Lightbourne has more.



Officials say the alleged suicide of 24-year-old Carissa Culmer last week at Land Shark Hotel reignited calls for the criminal justice system to do more when dealing with victims of domestic abuse.

Both the Senate President and Minister of State for Social Services, Lashell Adderly, and Lisa Rahming issued a joint statement following Culmer’s death, noting they will continue the fight against gender-based violence and support for mental health.

They also explained that the Gender Violence Bill is under active review, with drafts forthcoming for cabinet and parliament.

The police also standing with legislators, as Acting Commissioner Clayton Fernander tells the media a new unit that will be created to specifically address these issues, in conjunction with the Crisis Unit and Ministry of Social Services.

He says a woman inspector will head the unit and it will be overseen by Assistant Commissioner Dellareese Ferguson.

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