Country Bahamas
Year 2007
Type of Measure Police > Protocols and guidelines, Institutional mechanisms
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence, Sexual violence

Brief Description


The Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) has recruited female police officers who work with victims of sexual assault.

The work of the Domestic Violence Unit of the RBPF is as follows:

The Domestic Violence Unit was launched at the RBPF Headquarters on 29 August 2007.

Focus of the Unit:

  • The focus of this counseling service is topromote and assist in the safety and emotional well being of the communities of the Bahamas, which is the core goal of the Community Relations Section of the Royal Bahamas Police Force;
  • The counseling sessions and hot-lines are designed to encourage communication of conflict and to provide insight intoproblems with the goal being relief ofsymptoms, changes in behavior leading to improved social, vocational and personality growth so as to minimize violence within the family structure;
  • During the counseling process andsessions, clients are encouraged to talk about their problems in a safe, supportive and confidential setting;
  • The sessions can be solution focused and/or explorative.The progression of these sessions can aid in seeking solutions by providing session not only for thevictim, but for the children and the abuser in some cases.

Source of Information

CEDAW/C/BHS/4, p. 41, 54, 61 & 64