New safeguarding boss promises action and support for victims

A new Safeguarding body on St Helena is already reported to be bringing new concerns to light, two months after it was set up to protect people from abuse and violence. A specialist detective now works solely on sex and domestic violence cases, and two new protection officers are helping to improve the management of offenders. […]

United Nations cash provides a refuge from violence

A new refuge is to be set up for domestic abuse victims on St Helena, thanks to a windfall from the United Nations. A building from the government’s housing stock is to be used to provide a place of safety for victims and, if needed, their children. Its location will not be made public. Executive […]

Incest and violence ‘not uncommon’ says 1990s governor

Problems with sex abuse and domestic violence on St Helena were acknowledged in print by a former governor more than a decade before the issue became an international scandal. David Smallman’s brief mention of the issue shows action was being taken against at least some offenders – but it does not undermine allegations made in […]

April’s degree will help solve island’s social ills

University graduate April Lawrence will be returning to Half Tree Hollow in October 2013 with skills that could be used to tackle social problems on St Helena. She has been awarded a strong 2:1 degree in Sociology and Psychology by the University of Portsmouth. Her studies included modules on childhood, youth and social problems, crime […]

Sandy Bay: man arrested for domestic assault

Police have reported a domestic violence incident that took place only days before a weekend of events to highlight the issue on St Helena. It happened on Monday 19 November 2012 in the Sandy Bay area. Detective Sergeant Clarence Roberts said: “One male person was arrested for causing a breach of the peace and detained in custody.  […]

Saints say No to violence at home

Growing numbers of people on St Helena are seeking help after being attacked in their homes. And on the last weekend of November 2012, men and women on the island were asked to wear white ribbons to show their opposition to domestic violence. A coffee morning and a vigil were organised to help spell out the […]

Domestic violence on St Helena: six arrests in three months

St Helena Police dealt with seven incidents of domestic violence in the space of three months between August and November 2012. One of the people arrested was a woman. The cases have all been detailed in the island’s weekly crime bulletin.  Reports by DETECTIVE SERGEANT CLARENCE ROBERTS Monday 13 August 2012: During the early hours, police […]

Jamestown vandal strikes in daylight

Police are investigating after a car was vandalised in the museum car park in Jamestown on 31 August 2012. The weekly crime report says: “Deliberate scratch damage was caused to all the panels on the nearside of the car, resulting in extensive damage.” The incident happened during the day. Officers also dealt with an assault […]

UK offers to help reduce offenders’ risk to island society

St Helena and other Overseas Territories are being offered help to deal with criminals who need specialist treatment to manage their behaviour – including sex offenders. The UK government’s White Paper says smaller territories often lack facilities to treat people who need such help, though it does not say whether this is the case for […]