To report cases of domestic violence, individuals can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-SAVE(7283).
Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Unit
If you are a victim of gender-based violence, you can contact the Gender-Based Violence Unit through its hotline, 999, to report all cases of domestic violence. The Gender-Based Violence Unit was created in early 2020 in response to the prevalence of domestic violence cases in Trinidad and Tobago.
Rape Crisis Society (RCS)
If you are a survivor of sexual or gender-based violence, you can contact Rape Crisis Society at (868) 627-7273. Counselling is offered in both English and Spanish to any person with particular emphasis on sexual or gender-based violence (SGBV). Counselling sessions are free and confidential. The Rape Crisis Society is an non-governmental organization created in 1984, dedicated to providing a safe space and a voice to sexual or gender-based violence survivors.
Trinidad and Tobago Coalition Against Domestic Violence
If you are a gender-based violence survivor and are in need of pro-bono legal services, safe housing or free counselling, you can reach out to the Trinidad and Tobago Coalition Against Domestic Violence at (868) 624-0402 at their North office or (868) 657-5355 at their South office. You can also call their hotline at (868) 627-7273. The Trinidad and Tobago Coalition Against Domestic Violence includes various organisations and individuals that advocate policies that promote protection against and preventive measures against domestic violence. They offer several services including legal advice and counselling for survivors of gender-based violence.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence is the violent, aggressive or controlling behaviour within a home or among family members. It can be between partners, spouses or close relatives.
If I apply for assistance, how long will I have to wait for approval?
You can go to a police station near where you live. Please visit https://www.ttps.gov.tt/Contact/List-of-Police-Stations for a list of police stations.
You can also contact the Gender-Based Violence Unit at 999 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-7283.
Once you have made a report, you can also request a restraining order against your perpetrator. It will result in you and the perpetrator having to appear before a magistrate. You can contact the Legal Aid and Advisory Authority of Trinidad and Tobago to request more information about legal representation or visit httpss://laaa.org.tt/