Copperbelt GBV cases on increase

REPORTS of gender-based violence (GBV) cases on the Copperbelt have increased from 2,626 last year to 4,246 this year, according to statistics from the Victim Support Unit (VSU) of the Zambia Police Service.
And reported cases of defilement have increased from 141 last year to 219 this year while the defilement of the mentally ill has increased from one last year to seven this year.
Copperbelt Commissioner of Police Joyce Kasosa said this yesterday in response to a questionnaire.
She said factors that have contributed to GBV include economic dependence of women on men, poverty, alcohol abuse, extra-marital affairs, and myths on the cure of HIV/AIDS.
“The increase could be attributed to a number of factors including awareness on GBV among members of the community who are now willing to report cases to the Police,” Ms Kasosa said.
She said the police VSU has among other interventions intensified community awareness and sensitisation on GBV, adding that there is strong partnership between the community and the police in fighting the vice.
Rape cases have increased from 21 to 42 this year but attempted rape cases have decreased from six to two.
Cases of assault occasioning actual bodily harm have increased from 699 last year to 1,098 this year, threatening violence from 26 to 54 and cases of conduct likely to cause the breach of peace have increased from 117 to 201 this year.
Ms Kasosa said the police is also working collaboration with non-governmental organisations, faith based organisations and the Social Welfare department in placement of survivors into safe homes.

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