The Bahamas Crisis Centre (BCC) is a non-governmental organization and it addresses issues such as domestic violence, sexual and physical abuse, incest, rape, and sexual harassment. BCC runs a number of programmes for victims / survivors. It has thus set up a court watch advocacy programme in which volunteers attend court along with the victims of domestic and sexual violence. It has also established a domestic violence advocacy programme which is available at three police stations where volunteers are on call for domestic violence cases. BCC also runs a Rape Survivors Advocacy programme where volunteers are on call to respond to reports that come in from the Accident and Emergency Department at the hospital. This initiative involves volunteers supporting rape victims through the medical examination process. BCC also provides support and accommodation to victims of domestic violence and sexual violence. BCC is funded by an annual grant received from the government.
Furthermore, BCC has implemented a "Peace Campaign" in the public and private school systems for the past years to raise children's awareness of non-violent conflict resolution techniques, respect, peace and healthy communication strategies.
Source of Information
The Government of the Bahamas Website (http://www.bahamas.gov.bs/), Press release dated 26/09/2007, "AG Claire Hepburn at Opening of Crisis Centre Conference on Sexual Violence"; CEDAW/C/BHS/4, p. 61 & 64