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SAPS hosts GBV survivor engagement

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The Galeshewe police and the Community Police Forum hosted the SA Red Cross Society in a survivor-centred approach engagement on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).

Different stakeholders at the SAPS survivor-centred approach engagement at the Galeshewe SAPS boardroom. Pictures: Supplied

THE GALESHEWE police and the Community Police Forum (CPF) hosted the South African Red Cross Society in a survivor-centred approach engagement on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) victims at the Galeshewe SAPS boardroom.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Timothy Sam highlighted that victims of crime are sometimes shocked by what had happened to them or what they saw, hence they would need professional help.

The SAPS identified 15 families affected by SGBV across all its sectors with the aim of having an integrated approach to dealing with this type of crime.

The Department of Correctional Services and the NGO, Sisterhood Corner are some of the stakeholders that contributed immensely to Wednesday’s event.

The 15 identified families were provided with food parcels as a good gesture for opening up and to be counted amongst those who want to see that all people can live in freedom and security.

The Social Crime Prevention member, Constable Boipelo Leeuw, made a brief domestic violence presentation that included the new amendments to the act.

“Critical points of discussion from all speakers who interacted with victims, were: Restoring the victim’s dignity, showing respect, comfort, preventing secondary victimisation, building a caring society, the victim-offender dialogue and ensuring justice for them,” said Sam.

Lieutenant-Colonel George Modise represented the Galeshewe station commander, Brigadier Belinda Rikhotso, in welcoming everyone.

“We need to make it our duty to treat all victims of crime with fairness, respect and dignity,” said Modise.

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