Empowering Victims, Building a Safer Bahamas: The Significance of the Protection Against Violence Bill, 2023


In a resolute commitment to safeguard the rights of victims and create a safer society, The
Bahamas has taken a momentous step forward with the introduction of the Protection
Against Violence Bill, 2023. This comprehensive legislation serves as a pivotal framework to
protect and support victims of violence, with a particular focus on empowering women. The
Bill not only upholds international obligations but also establishes a domestic framework to
address violence and raise public awareness. Its significance lies in providing victims with
the necessary tools and support to overcome their traumatic experiences, ensuring their
fundamental rights to dignity, compassion, and privacy.

Creating a Safer Bahamas

At its core, the Protection Against Violence Bill, 2023, aims to create a safer Bahamas by
addressing the pervasive issue of violence, particularly violence against women. The
legislation recognizes that violence undermines the very fabric of our society and endangers
the wellbeing of our citizens. By taking decisive action, The Bahamas demonstrates its
commitment to building a nation where every individual can live free from the fear of violence
and harm.

Fulfilling International Obligations

The Bill aligns The Bahamas with global best practices, ensuring that the nation fulfils international obligations under conventions such as the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and

the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication of Violence against Women (Convention of Belem do Para). By adopting this legislation, The Bahamas not only showcases its dedication to combating violence but also takes a firm stand against gender-based discrimination.

Establishment of the Protection Against Violence Commission

One of the key provisions of the Bill is the establishment of the Protection Against Violence
Commission and Secretariat. These bodies play a vital role in coordinating various
stakeholders, granting funding, and providing technical assistance to strengthen the national
response to violence. The Commission will ensure that the country’s international and
regional obligations related to violence are met, leading to more efficient use of resources
and a coordinated approach to combating violence.

Comprehensive Rights for Victims

Central to the Bill is the recognition and establishment of comprehensive rights for victims of violence. Victims have the right to be treated with compassion, dignity, confidentiality, and privacy. This provision reaffirms The Bahamas’ commitment to respect and protection for all its citizens, ensuring that victims are not only heard but also provided with the necessary support to rebuild their lives.

Extensive Support Services

The Protection Against Violence Bill, 2023, demonstrates a genuine dedication to providing
extensive support services for victims. This includes safe housing, legal, psychological, and
medical assistance, as well as access to readjustment and training programs. By offering a
comprehensive range of services, the government aims to uplift and empower victims,
guiding them on a path towards healing and recovery.

Addressing Femicide and Violence-Related Deaths

The Bill establishes a Fatality Review Team to address cases where violence results in
death. This team will review closed cases and make recommendations to the Minister,
enabling the Commission to accurately report on the rate of femicide in the country. By
addressing violence-related deaths, The Bahamas takes a proactive stance in preventing
such incidents and ensuring justice for victims and their families.


The Protection Against Violence Bill, 2023, is more than just legislation; it embodies The
Bahamas’ unwavering commitment to eradicating violence and empowering victims. By
providing a comprehensive framework to support victims, uphold their rights, and raise public
awareness, the Bill signifies a brighter future for The Bahamas – a nation that values safety,
dignity, and compassion. Together, through this transformative legislation, we build a
Bahamas where every citizen can thrive without fear of violence, a nation that stands united
in its resolve to protect and uplift all its people.