Phalombe, Phalombe Police Station has reduced Gender based violence cases by 14 per cent, the station has revealed.
Phalombe Police Public Relations Officer Constable Innocent Moses made the revelation in an interview with Malawi News Agency barely a week after the district observed 16 days of Activism against Gender Based Violence.
Moses said through intensive community sensitisation meetings that the station conducted during the year; it has managed to reduce cases of violence against women and children from 41 per cent in 2016 to 27 per cent this year.
In 2016, we had 441 cases while this year we have registered 306, representing a 14 per cent drop. This is a good thing to us as a station, however, we’re not satisfied with the results.
We’re still working hard to ensure that the cases drop to even as low as 1 per cent, said Moses.
During the district’s commemoration of 16 days of Activism against gender based violence that was held at Mpasa Community Day Secondary School, various non-governmental organizations attested to the fact that Phalombe was one of the districts that had more cases of GBV.
Phalombe First Grade Magistrate, Damson Banda said it was sad that while the district was employing various interventions aimed at rooting out GBV, some women and girls were harbouring perpetrators by failing to report to relevant officials.
The magistrate said without reports from victims and witnesses of GBV the district’s attempts to end the crime would be in vain.
Every victim should come out and report so that those in the wrong should be corrected by the law and our society should become GBV free, emphasized Banda.
Phalombe is one of the districts in the country that registers high numbers of cases concerning gender based violence in the country.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA