SAPS steps up to help vic­tims of gen­der-based vi­o­lence

Vuk'uzenzele - - General - Su­laiman Philip

The souTh aFriCaN Po­liCe serviCe has a six-point plan to help women and chil­dren re­port abuse and vi­o­lence.

min­is­ter of Po­lice, Fik­ilie Mbalula, re­cently launched a South African Po­lice Service (SAPS) pol­icy to make it eas­ier for vic­tims of gen­der-based vi­o­lence to turn to the po­lice for help – en­sur­ing that women will no longer be turned away from a po­lice sta­tion with ad­vice to be nicer to her hus­band or boyfriend.

The pol­icy ‘Re­duc­ing Bar­ri­ers to the Re­port­ing of Sex­ual Of­fences and Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence’ is be­ing rolled out na­tion­wide and will guide all SAPS in­ter­ven­tions when deal­ing with incidents of sex­ual vi­o­lence and do­mes­tic abuse.

Min­is­ter Mbalula hopes that co­mu­ni­ties and vic­tims will now be able to hold the po­lice ac­count­able for their re­sponse.

“In the pol­icy there are a host of in­ter­ven­tions to pre­vent and de­ter crime, as well as re­spond ap­pro­pri­ately and com­pas­sion­ately to vic­tims of vi­o­lence. This pol­icy says we at SAPS have a role to play. We have a crit­i­cal role in cre­at­ing safer com­mu­ni­ties and pro­vid­ing a plat­form for com­mu­ni­ties.”

Speak­ing at the launch of the pol­icy in El­do­rado Park, the Min­is­ter said that not re­port­ing th­ese crimes means that too many men are get­ting away with crimes against women.

“We must not re-hu­mil­i­ate or re-vic­timise peo­ple at our po­lice sta­tions. We must make sure each po­lice sta­tions has a vic­tim friendly room. No vic­tim must be sent away from a po­lice sta­tion without a case be­ing opened and a proper in­ter­view. We need not see bruises to open a case.”

Min­is­ter of Po­lice, Fik­ilie Mbalula, launches the ‘Re­duc­ing Bar­ri­ers to the Re­port­ing of Sex­ual Of­fences and Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence’ pol­icy.

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