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Police Min­is­ter Fik­ile Mbalula has launched a Six-Point Plan to guide police on how to treat vic­tims of gen­der-based vi­o­lence.

The plan will guide the police on how to be­have, what to do and how to do it when it comes to is­sues of sex­ual of­fences and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

“The Six-Point Plan will be a con­cise guide for both our police and com­mu­ni­ties. We are putting our peo­ple first… we are con­firm­ing their dig­nity and hu­man rights. We are frankly say­ing, in us, in your govern­ment, you have a re­li­able group of peo­ple com­mit­ted to mak­ing your life bet­ter,” Min­is­ter Mbalula said.

The Six-Point Plan in­cludes that:

• All vic­tims should be treated with re­spect, dig­nity and in­ter­viewed by a trained police of­fi­cial in a vic­tim sen­si­tive man­ner;

Vic­tims should be as­sisted in a vic­tim-friendly room or an al­ter­na­tive room where the state­ment will be taken in pri­vate or other lo­ca­tion pro­vid­ing vic­tim sup­port ser­vices;

Vic­tims will be re­ferred/taken for med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion by a health­care pro­fes­sional to ob­tain med­i­cal ev­i­dence and com­plete a med­i­cal re­port, in­clud­ing see­ing to the health of the vic­tim; The in­ves­ti­ga­tion should be con­ducted by the Fam­ily Vi­o­lence, Child Pro­tec­tion and Sex­ual Of­fences In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit or a de­tec­tive with rel­e­vant train­ing; The fam­i­lies and vic­tims of sex­ual of­fences, femi­cide and in­fan­ti­cide should all be re­ferred to vic­tim sup­port ser­vices that are avail­able within the precinct for le­gal, med­i­cal, so­cial and psy­cho­log­i­cal help; and

Vic­tims should be proac­tively given feed­back on the progress of their cases on a con­tin­u­ous ba­sis.

Min­is­ter Mbalula said each police sta­tion will have the six points posted vis­i­bly at the sta­tion and that aware­ness has been cre­ated and a na­tional in­struc­tion pre­pared in this re­gard.

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