Country Grenada
Year 2018
Type of Measure Institutional mechanisms
Form of Violence Violence against women and girls

Brief Description

In 2018, the Special Victims Unit (SVU) of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) was established and is responsible for law enforcement responses to intimate partner violence, sexual violence and child abuse. Together, these entities provide responses to victims and hold offenders accountable. They also engage in public sensitisation activities which aim to increase reporting and reduce incidence of abuse against children. The SVU is part of the Criminal Investigations Department and is operated by Police Officers who have been trained in the specific areas of focus and is guided by the relevant laws and regulations, including the Revised Police Standing orders. The Unit delivers direct services to victims and facilitates an improvement in the responses by all Police Stations throughout the State. Part of their work also includes advocacy around the said issues. The SVU also operates a hotline (#400) that has been established for easy access by the public. Key responsibilities of the SVU include:
- Enforcing the laws, including emergency response, investigation, protection, charging and prosecution of all criminal offences, responding to all complaints, and in maintaining a Domestic Violence Register
- Maintaining law and order with the mandate to protect and serve.

Source of Information

Grenada's submission for National Review for Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, Beijing+25, 2019, p.4, p.50, p.51 and p.76