Break the silence around domestic violence

2018-11-13 06:00

HILLCREST SAPS warned that all forms of violence against women and children will not be tolerated in the community. This warning was issued ahead of the 16 Days of Activism campaign, which will be celebrated later this month.

Hillcrest SAPS communications officer Captain Linzi Smith said that the 16 Days campaign is held at this time of year as the festive season brings families, friends, and relatives together to celebrate the year end. Often during this time, spouses may feel ignored and neglected and that may lead to them being violent towards their partners.

Smith said they are hoping for a very good festive season where women are kept safe, saying: “It is always assumed that women are being abused by their partners whereas their children and brothers can also do it, which is why we are begging for women to not be afraid to come and report the incident if ever it takes place,” she said.

“With this we are reminding them that we are here to assist them in every possible way and they shouldn’t be afraid to come to us if they have issues,” she said.

The captain said the police have a no tolerance policy on domestic violence, saying: “We encourage all women to report cases and not to be afraid. We are here to help them, not to make them a laughing stock but we want them to feel safe and loved which is why we are encouraging them to come forward with anything that may be a suspicion of violence,” said Smith.

She added that they should let the police help them as they are there to protect them, saying: “We have a crisis centre that does trauma counselling and also assists with advice on protection orders and court interdicts.”

She reiterated that domestic violence is a vicious circle and the only way that it can be mended is by reporting the cases.

In conclusion, she said those who are afraid to come to the station can contact her and she will be able to direct them to the right person to talk to.

Captain Smith can be reached at 031 765 9124.

“We encourage all women to report cases and not to be afraid. We are here to help them, not to make them a laughing stock but we want them to feel safe and loved”

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