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Domestic Violence Against Women: Everyone’s Problem

Domestic violence against women is everyone’s problem. It is the problem of the employer, whose employee may be missing work after being bashed up. It is the problem of that
12 Apr 2016 08:02
Domestic Violence Against Women: Everyone’s Problem

Domestic violence against women is everyone’s problem.

It is the problem of the employer, whose employee may be missing work after being bashed up.

It is the problem of that school teacher who may notice a usually cheerful student is subdued and withdrawn.

Most importantly, it is the problem of our Police force, as it is the officers who these battered women turn to first.

Therefore, the responsibility of ensuring that this woman is safe and accorded true justice lies largely on the shoulders of our Police force.

Gone are the days when Police officers attempted to reconcile the victim with the perpetrator.

However, it is also true that there still are some officers who feel that the matter of domestic violence is best left to be sorted between a man and woman, the spouses, and the partners.

But Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho is not the man who believes in this. He believes, and rightly so, that cases of domestic violence need to be treated with seriousness.

He is right in turning to his officers to ensure that no woman is faced with hostility when she reaches out to Police officers.

For the first time in our country, we have the Domestic Violence Decree of 2009. This puts down clearly for everyone that domestic violence is a serious crime and needs to be treated as such.

This gives women something to fall back on. But, all this good initiative will be of no use if we have officers willing to turn a blind eye on this serious issue.

Commissioner Qiliho is known for talking straight and this is the attitude his entire department needs to take on board when dealing with victims and issues of domestic violence.

For women out there, do not sit back and be a victim of domestic violence. Speak up and know that your voice will be heard. Commissioner Qiliho will ensure that your voice is heard. His officers will ensure that justice is served.

Kudos to Government for the Domestic Violence Decree, kudos to the Commissioner for taking a hard line on this issue.

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