Press Release

Premier's Office
Ministry of Health & Social Development
Social Development
Release Date:
Tuesday, 7 April 2020 - 1:32pm

Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie is appealing to abusers in the Territory to stop committing the heinous act. 

 “One of those weak links that has come to my attention is that we have a small pocket of abuse at home,” Premier Fahie said, adding, “Worst yet, where it does exist, our males are being reported to be the ones at fault.”

The Premier while speaking to the men of the Territory during his COVID-19 Update on April 6, called on them to stop the abuse. “This cannot be. You cannot be abusing our females, it is wrong. You cannot be abusing our children; it is wrong,” he stressed.

The Premier added, “God did not put you in the role where you are to be abusive. You are there to build stronger homes and stronger families, not to be a stronger monster. This type of behaviour will not be tolerated. Whether it be sexual abuse, physical abuse, mental abuse. Do not abuse!”

Honourable Fahie also encouraged family bonding and self-development as a means to pass the time during the 24-hour lockdown. He urged families to pray more, talk, resolve their differences, and love more. 

Premier Fahie said, “While you are home get to know each other better. Let us now turn our houses into our homes because a house is only the four walls, but a home is where there is peace and positive relationships. Read your Bible or a good book. Let us get each other through this, mentally, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.”

The Premier added that when COVID-19 has ended, the BVI would have conquered the virus and all the negativity will be gone from the Territory. He said there will be better relationships, stronger bonds, a stronger relationship with GOD and a stronger economy. “I want to encourage us to take care of each other so that we all cross the finish line together,” he urged, adding, “As your Premier, I pray to God that under your Government’s watch, that we do not lose a single life in the BVI to COVID-19. For us to get that done, all of us must obey the measures that are put in place for our safety.”  

The Government of the Virgin Islands imposed a 24-hour lockdown under Curfew (No.4) Order, 2020 Guidelines to monitor and contain the spread of COVID-19 in the Virgin Islands. 


Sheriece T. Smith

Information Officer II 
Dept. of Information & Public Relations 
Telephone: 468- 2740