Data and statistics often hide the real picture

first_imgLocalNews Data and statistics often hide the real picture by: – August 9, 2011 Dr. Francis Severin, Head of UWI Open Campus.Head of the University of the West Indies, Open Campus in Dominica, Dr. Francis Severin, told a youth symposium yesterday that data and statistics in relation to crime and violence often hides the real picture.Dr. Severin was one of the facilitators of a “Youth and Violence” Symposium for youths from across the Caribbean Region including Antigua, Bahamas, Grenada, St. Lucia, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, St. Vincent, Jamaica, and Dominica.“Very often data and statistics tend to hide the real picture, because indeed there is a dark side of crime. Whether there is; and that sounds clichéd, there is one murder or two murders, or one aggravated assault, or one forcible rape someone, in fact several people by the multiplying effect, are impacted negatively. And therefore what statistics and data can tend to do is to trivialize and minimize the emotional impact, the socio-economic impact, the sensibility of well-being that people experience,” he said.Dr. Severin noted that while some may be of the view that the rate of crime in Dominica is not as bad as in neighboring islands, we need to be more sensitive to those who have been affected by them.“Quite often articulated sometimes in radio programmes where people call to say oh well Dominica or Grenada is not as bad as St. Lucia or Jamaica and so on and so forth. That to me is being extremely rude to those people who have been victimized by crime and other violent acts.”Dr. Severin is of the view that statistics tends to ‘shroud the human element that is affected by crime and violence.”Dominica Vibes News 29 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharelast_img

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