Addressing Child Abuse in Jamaica

Camille Gibson, Prairie View A&M University
Traquina Quarles, Prairie View A & M University
Nelseta Walters, Prairie View A & M University

ABSTRACT
This paper addresses the present circumstances of child abuse in Jamaica. Presently, Jamaic has no official policy requiring health practitioners or educators to report suspected cases of child abuse. Nonetheless, indications are that physical and sexual abuse are cause for concern on the island. For 2003 legislation is planned to remedy the perceived reporting policy deficit. This paper describes Jamaica's present situation in regards to child abuse per available data and anecdotal accounts.

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