Domestic violence refers to all forms of violence which occurs in domestic settings, usually in a marriage or cohabitation. It includes intimate partner violence, child abuse, elder abuse or abuse by any member of a household. It affects thousands of people in Jamaica and across the world.
In Jamaica, the Domestic Violence Act (1996) is a law that provides enhanced protection to victims of physical and mental abuse from persons they reside with or are involved with in an intimate or familial relationship. This includes abuse involving:
- Couples living together (married or unmarried)
- Any children in the household, including children who are not the biological children of both or either spouse
- Any other members of the household
- Couples in a visiting relationship