The official page for O.A.B.I.: Organization for Abused and Battered Individuals.
O.A.B.I.: Organization for Abused and Battered Individuals was founded in 2008, due to the rapid increase in cases of Gender-Based Violence (child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault) and its relation to poverty, mental illness, health, crime, and education. However, it was officially launched in May of 2011.
The organization exists to address the needs of all women and girls, men and boys and vulnerable persons within Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and Latin America. It aims to tackle these issues by working towards changing cultural and socially accepted norms about offenders and victims, conduct various types of research, assist with the creation and implementation of policy, lobby for legislation to protect victims, work with the protective services, encourage youth development and assist individuals to develop creative innovative business models to help victims become self-sustainable, while incorporating the sustainable development goals, pushing for green growth and gender equity and equality.
We consistently work towards: preventative intervention strategies, victim safety, training and education, alleviating poverty, illiteracy, having open conversations about abuse and mental health, lobbying for primary prevention intervention, victim advocacy units and a batterers intervention programmes. Violence in any form undermines the fundamental human rights of an individual, and it continues to plague many families, communities and nations. “When the human rights of one is violated, the human rights of all are in jeopardy.” – Sherna Alexander Benjamin.