WIA: Misguided pride causing abused men to suffer in silence

Women in Action (WIA) President, Diane Felicien, has said that there is a culture of misguided male pride in Saint Lucia where male victims of domestic violence suffer in silence.

Felicien made the comments in a WIA statement declaring that the organization does not condone any form of violence against men or women.

She asserted that men do not want it known that they are being abused.

“We have to work on changing the mindset of our men and also changing the way society reacts when men come forward with domestic abuse claims,” the WIA President said.

Felicien’s comments follow several incidents of deadly domestic violence since the beginning of the year, the latest involving the stabbing death of 39 year old Cletus Edward earlier this month.

Edward’s common law wife, Leandra Pierre, was arrested and charged for murder in connection with the death.

The WIA statement said that in the light of recent incidents, the organization reiterates that no man or woman should be abused.

“It is important for victims to admit to themselves that they are being abused or that they are in an abusive relationship. Recognition and validation are the first steps to take when a victim is ready to leave an abusive situation,” the statement said.

WIA, the women’s arm of the ruling United Workers Party (UWP), has advised victims of domestic abuse or domestic violence to talk to family, friends, neighbors or co-workers about the domestic violence they experience.

“It may be helpful to call a domestic violence hotline for information, referrals and support,’ WIA said.

According to the organization, when domestic violence occurs it is helpful to have a plan to deal with an emergency or crisis.

“It is important for individuals to think about ways to provide a safer environment, both for themselves and their children,” it observed.

The statement outlined a number of ways to deal with domestic violence situations, including planning to get out of the home quickly and safely if violence starts.

It advised that a victim’s plan should consider very fine details such as where to keep keys, a purse and an extra set of clothes for a rapid departure

“It is important that children know how to use the phone to call the police or help agencies,” WIA said.

Nevertheless, the organization acknowledged that victims cannot always avoid violence.

But it stated that to increase safety, it is important to plan what action to take during a violent situation, such as trying to move to a space that is lowest risk and  avoiding arguments in rooms without an access to the outside or in rooms where injury is more likely such as the bathroom, the kitchen or on the stairs.

WIA advised anyone going through domestic violence to seek professional help via the following agencies:

Women Support Center – General Relations on Jeremy Street – Call 202 (Call is free)

National Health Service helpline – Call 203 (Call is free)

St Lucia Crisis Center – Call 453 6848 or 712 7574


  1. Anonymous
    April 20, 2017 at 11:51 am

    WIA president is a fake she needs to do a background check on herself

  2. Anonymous
    April 20, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Yall need to shut up because yall are very selective on which abuse cases to speak about. People suffer because of situeze like yall. Yall can talk about the poor man abuse but hide that of the rich and connected. I will never forget when the UWP treasurer put my cousin in a wheel chair. Every minister came and offered all kinds of things. Where were you Dianne? Why yall did not condemn it.

  3. sharon terrell
    April 20, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    When st.lucian learn to stop being bias and hypocrite then men and other women will come forward to report cases and feeling they will be stigmatized.Father’s and Mother’s have been telling boy from birth to man up and put up.But what we have here look around us look what man up and put up has done to our men in society.Its like talking to brick walls,men are not listening they have become immune to pain.And immune to their well being and them selfs.They have become robots,this is what.Where was the parents to teach their girls and their boys on how to handle anger,which leads to violent actions.No man up,put up.Now these young people are adults they now exploding.

    1. Anonymous
      April 20, 2017 at 5:21 pm


  4. Anonymous
    April 20, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Ms. Felicien, get your facts straight before you make references, comparing the case with Ms. Pierre and the deceased as one where the man with abused. Were you there when they started this relationship? She became the mother of his child at a very young age, did not get the chancchance to experience the things that a typical teenage girl does. Were you there when he was the one abusing her, when he did not work to take care of his kids and she had to fend for herself and them? You need to concentrate on offering some sort of help for couples in the situation, making sure the police dept quickly respond to domestic disputes at the time it’s happening when neighbors or children call them and not wait until one gets killed to come running. Think of preventative measures instead. Though I don’t agree with Ms. Pierre’s action and I’m not happy with the outcome, especially due to the effect it has and will have on their kids, she also was a victim of continuous abuse. So she too needed help not just the deceased. Don’t sit behind a desk and then make comments when it’s too late, like I said, take preventative measures instead Madam.

  5. Concerned person
    April 20, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Well said but then again it’s st.lucians for you

  6. Anonymous
    April 20, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    WIA President Diane Felicien you are a two face hypocrite . You are there for fame so u can be on the media . u need to resign this post as WIA president. Very soon everyone will know about u the real Diane Felicien.

  7. Hen-pecked manicou
    April 20, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Yes I agree many men are abused but it often goes unreported. How many men will report to the police that a woman rape them (at knife point or
    gun point)? Many men does get lock out of their bedrooms and house they build with their own sweat, money and tears because their women want to show them who is boss.
    Many hen-pecked husbands suffer in silence because they have fallen into a woman’s hands and not her arms!

  8. Anonymous
    April 21, 2017 at 4:56 am

    Mr king look into security guards and the exploitation and u will be in power forever no one can have a future working for 4;25 cent 12 hours a day as there will always be crime go to the new hospital and the rodney bay marina and talk to the guards although they will be afraid to talk because of victimization goverment need to protect the workers as the big guys pocket all the money to live their lavish lifestyles lots of jamaicans and Guyanesse take those dead end jobs because they do not pay well no security guards should work for less than 12 dollars an hour they are preventing the guards from joining the national workers union

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