Hillcrest SAPS fight domestic violence

2017-12-05 06:00
PHOTO: Kalisha naickerHillcrest SAPS station commander, Colonel Z. Mabaso (left) and Captain Linzi Smith.

PHOTO: Kalisha naickerHillcrest SAPS station commander, Colonel Z. Mabaso (left) and Captain Linzi Smith.

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THE Hillcrest SAPS management and staff aim to end all forms of violence against women and children and are supporting the 16 Days of Activism campaign to raise awareness about this epidemic.

Captain Linzi Smith Hillcrest SAPS communications officer says the 16 Day campaign is an international campaign to raise awareness around domestic abuse.

“We at SAPS ask men to play a pivotal role in protecting women and children and not be perpetrators of crime.

“The rights of women and children are fundamental human rights entrenched in and protected by the Constitution. They are thus inalienable from, integral to, and indivisible from, the human rights framework.

“Gender-based violence in all its different guises is incompatible with the dignity and worth of a person, and must be eliminated.”

Smith says domestic violence is a growing problem.

“Victims of domestic violence are usually unwilling to speak out because the abuser is normally the bread winner and reporting the abuse may affect their economic survival.”

Smith said in addition to the economic issues, there is drug and alcohol abuse, which are also associated with violent behaviour.

“Abuse takes place when the partner is under the influence and does not know what he is doing. We need to stand up to this and report such behaviour.”

She said no one deserves to be beaten or abused in any way, especially women and children.

“We must re-enforce that women do not deserve to be victims of abuse in any manner. I don’t want to be a victim of abuse, do you? So let’s stand together and support one another.”

To report abuse, contact the Hillcrest SAPS on 031 765 9100.

Types of abuse or violence:

• Physical violence in the form of domestic violence - murder, robbery, rape and assault.

• Emotional violence and trauma at many levels caused by many factors - women and children at home, at work, at school, on our streets and in communities suffer this form of violence for various reasons.

• Poverty, starvation, humiliation and degradation,

inequality and unemployment are conditions under which violence thrives.


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