Cruel runnings: abused women pin hopes on Jamaican election

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Cruel runnings: abused women pin hopes on Jamaican election

But long-suffering victims have lost faith in the government’s long-unfulfilled promise to build shelters

Kate Chappell

Tiffany’s ex-boyfriend hit her almost every day, but once he beat her so badly he damaged her eyesight. Eventually, the 20-year-old Jamaican hairdresser went to the police – she only wishes more help had been available at the time.

As Jamaicans head to the polls on Thursday, thousands of domestic violence victims hope the next government will make good on a long-standing promise to open the island’s first state-run shelters for women suffering abuse at home.

There is only one privately run shelter in the country of almost 3 million people, making it difficult for women like Tiffany to find a safe haven...

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