Women Development Officers in the Women's Department are available to serve as court advocates at the request of clients. As family violence cases are in camera, entry of the advocate into the courtroom is at the discretion of the standing magistrate. All districts of the country have Women Development Officers.
The Women's Department uses the Gender-Based Violence Registration Form to track the incidence of Gender-Based Violence. This form should accompany clients as they move between agencies seeking assistance. The form is intended to document the first point of contact the client has with one of the agencies involved in rendering assistance to victims of gender-based violence.
Source of Information
Response of the Government of Belize to the questionnaire on violence against women, 2010; Feasibility Study Report for a Belize Gender-Based Violence Crisis Center, p. 13