The ruling Unity Labour Party, ULP, said it continues to condemn all forms of violence and stand committed as citizens of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to work in partnership with the government, state entities, non-government organizations and all persons, to eradicate any and all forms of violence.

In a statement issued yesterday, the ULP said it recognizes that there has been a recent increase in the incidents of violence-based crimes in the country, and in particular, crimes in which women and girls have been victims.

The ULP pledged its continued support to the government and the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force in their efforts to curb the violence in the land, as they strengthen the respective institutions which work to keep the society safe and peaceful.

The Party urged all citizens to be advocates of peace, and champions of goodwill, and to be more vigilant and attentive to those who cry out for help.

And, it called on all members of society to re-activate and embrace the mantra of “the village raising the child” within the parameters of international conventions, as it recognized that each individual must accept his/her role and work together as a whole.