Woman dumps hot water on husband in Sint Maarten
Two unrelated domestic violence incidents in Sint Maarten have caused police to become concerned about the continuing increase in the number of reports of domestic and family violence.
The Sint Maarten Police Force says it is investigating two unrelated cases of domestic violence that took place over the last week, whereby the victims were severely injured.
On March 3, police arrested a woman on Windsor road after she doused her husband with hot water following an altercation.
Two days later, police arrested a man living in Over The Bank, after he assaulted his wife following an argument.
Both suspects were taken to the police station where they were held for questioning.
The Police Force says it is evident that an increase in community awareness is needed in order to bring this abusive behavior to a drastic halt.
The authorities state this behaviour should no longer be considered as a ‘private’ matter as it is recognised by all sectors that abusive behaviour towards a person in a relationship constitutes criminal behaviour and is punishable by law.
The Sint Maarten Police Force says it is actively committed to improving its operational response to these crimes and persons choosing to engage in abusive actions will be held accountable for their actions.
It appeals to Sint Maarteners that instead of engaging in this illegal act, choose to walk away from the situation. The public is reminded that they should do the right thing and put a stop to domestic violence.