Victims Assistance Office receives two-day training

From left: Police Inspector Robelto Hodge, trainees Kenia Leerdam, Suchita Peeters and Brenda van Putten and Victims Assistance Office coordinator Sheloutska Martinus-Francees displaying their certificates with psychologist Oswald Dalnoot.

SABA/ST. EUSTATIUS–Team members of the Victims Assistance Office of Police Force Caribbean Netherlands KPCN received training from psychologist Oswald Dalnoot from Curaçao Wednesday and Thursday in St. Eustatius. During the two-day training the focus was put on the victims of sexual and domestic violence.

Participating team members were Brenda van Putten and Kenia Leerdam from Statia and Suchita Peeters from Saba. Coordinator of the Victims Assistance Office Sheloutska Martinus-Francees also attended the training.

The Victims Assistance Office provides emotional, practical and judiciary support to victims of crime and of traffic accidents.

This was not their first training session. Every two years they go through training, which is paid by KPCN and approved by Police Chief Jose Rosales.

Their Office assists victims in many different areas, such as insurance claims, and in providing emotional support after the death of a loved one by accident or through a crime. Crime victims are also provided with support; this includes victims of burglary and robbery, stalking, sexual assault, abuse and domestic violence. Crime victims are also assisted in filing for material and immaterial damages.

The Victims Assistance Office holds consultation hours at the Police Station. The office can be reached at tel. 7810-426 or by email Brochures can be found at many organizations, such as the Healthcare Department, Centre for Youth and Family, Police Station and Queen Beatrix Medical Centre.

Source: The Daily Herald