Domestic violence worrying – Khupe

khupeHARARE The Deputy Prime Minister Thokozane Khupe (pictured) expressed great concern over the ever increasing cases of domestic violence being recorded in the country.

The statements came when she launched a report entitled The Situational Analysis on the Status of Women and Childrens Rights in Zimbabwe 2005-2010.

Cases of domestic violence have been increasing at an alarming rate and, as a government, it is our responsibility to act swiftly on the matter, which is of great concern, she said.

The ministry of Womens Affairs and Gender launched a programme aimed at removing the stigma associated with domestic violence.

The prevention and protection participation programme is designed to de-stigmatise violence of all forms against women and children and to strengthen womens means of generating income as it had proven to lessen incidents of domestic violence 60 per cent.

Though no statistics have been released for this current year, according to reports from the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), they are likely to be higher. ZRP admits that it will be a long way before gender violence is completely eliminated.

“We are faced with a mammoth task, but as law enforcement agents we want to ensure that whoever commits an offence is brought to book, ZRP Press and Public Relations officer, Andrew Phiri, is on record as saying.

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