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Written by on December 10, 2021

Zambia police officers under the department of Victim Support Unit (VSU) have been urged to provide professional services to victims of Gender Based Violence (GBV) regardless of their gender.

This is because GBV males victims are not attended to professionally due to cultural stereotypes associated with their gender.

And Inspector General of Police Lemmy Kajoba is however, saddened that women and girls remain the majority victims of GBV in the country.

Mr Kajoba says there is need to raise awareness on gender based violence and encourage victims to report cases to the police saying doing so will deter would be offenders.

The Police IG disclosed that a total of 26, 370 cases of GBV were reported across the country in the year 2020 compared to 25, 121 recorded in 2019.

He further disclosed that for North-Western province in 2020 alone, about 2,459 GVV cases were recorded and that the province has so far recorded 708 GBV cases.

Mr Kajoba said this in a speech read on his behalf by North-Western Province Deputy Commanding officer Charity Munganga during the simultaneous code named BASADI operation in Solwezi.

The objectives of the operation are to prevent gender based violence related crimes, receive reports of GBV, provide psycho-social support to victims of GBV and investigate and arrest offenders.

By Jackson Mapapayi

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