The head of UWI's Gender and Development Studies Institute is urging government to activate a national response to deal with the crisis of domestic violence in this country.
This, as the latest statistics collated by Dr Gabrielle Hosein and her team show that one in three women in T&T is a survivor of intimate partner violence, and that roughly 10,000 women are living in domestic violence situations.
She says it is time the country make a declaration that domestic violence—and especially violence against women—is unacceptable.
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is urging citizens who have been placed in witness protection, to stay there while they need that special cover.
The appeal comes in the wake of the murder of 44-year-old Raffick Hosein, of Fitts Road, Biche.
He was gunned down at his Biche home at about 3:30 on Wednesday afternoon.
He was a state witness in a double murder case and had been receiving death threats.
Police say he seldom left his home.
As the world begins to observe 16 days of activism to reduce violence against women, Trinidad and Tobago is facing the reality that one in three women who have been in intimate partnerships with men, experiences some form of domestic violence.
President of the Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Roberta Clarke, says as of November, at least 30 women have been killed by their partners, for this year alone.
She describes such statistics on violence against women in this country as alarming.