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Police Asked To Be Courteous While Handling Gender-Based Violence Cases

Police Asked To Be Courteous While Handling Gender Based Violence Cases

The Uganda Police Force together with the UN Women established a Gender Based Violence Cases (GBV) toll-free helpline (0800199195). This passed through the UN’s line department of child and family Protection.

Police officers were then asked to be courteous while handling Gender-Based Violence.

‘’Be courteous and exercise customer care while receiving the calls and speaking to victims of Gender Based Violence cases,’’ said the deputy chief political commissariat, Hillary Kulayige.

He made these remarks during the opening of a three-day training workshop of 23 police officers at police headquarters in Naguru yesterday.

The Department of Child and Family Protection focused on training its officers on how to respond to cases of GBV.

Also, trained them on how to respond to cases of violence against children. This would help equip them with skills on how to handle victims of GBV.

SSP Atuhaire Maureen, the Head of the Child and Family Protection Department said they established this line in 2020’s lockdown. This would enable people to report these cases and get psychosocial support to the victims.

She further said counseling would be done over the phone and thereafter victims linked to care and protection service providers.

Apparently, since the creation of the toll-free line, police has received a total of 2,040 cases.

Police also plans to establish GBV helplines both at the regional and district levels in a bid to extend services closer to the victims.

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