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Comfort packs for GBV victims

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Top cop hands over comfort packs to be distributed to victims of gender-based violence in the Northern Cape.

THE PROVINCIAL head of the SAPS Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) units in the Northern Cape, Brigadier Nicky Mills, celebrated Women’s Month by placing emphasis on the victims of gender-based violence (GBV) on Thursday..

Mills handed over comfort packs to the FCS unit commanders of Upington, Kakamas, Port Nolloth, Calvinia, Carnarvon, Springbok and Pofadder at an event at the Kakamas FCS unit on Thursday, for distribution to GBV victims.

The comfort packs were donated by a non-profit organisation, RISE Development.

The comfort packs contain toiletries, underwear, hand sanitiser, masks and refreshments.

They aim to serve as a form of comfort to victims and also to “restore their dignity”.

During the handover, Mills thanked RISE Development for their generous donation and support.

He added that he hopes that this partnership will continue.

Mills encouraged the unit commanders to ensure that GBV victims are treated with dignity, respect and empathy to prevent secondary abuse.

“They must also ensure that the victims receive the necessary assistance and support during and after the conclusion of the investigation.

“The police must increase the pace to fight gender-based violence and femicide,” Mills concluded.

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