Seek psycho-socio counselling to avert GBV murders – YWCA

By Staff Reporter

The Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) says people should seek psycho-socio counselling in order to avert murders related to Gender-Based Violence (GBV).

YWCA Programmes Manager Mirriam Mwiinga told recently that it was unfortunate that GBV still remained one of the main causes of death in the country.

According to YWCA, there has been 804 increased reported cases of GBV between 2016 and 2017.

Recently the police announced increased number of reported cases to 6,114  compared to 5,096 during the same period in 2017 showing an increase by 1,018, representing 16.7%.

Police spokesperson Esther Katongo also disclosed that a total of 664 cases of child defilement were recorded representing 10.9% increase of the total reported cases out of which three were against boys while the rest were against girls.

Mwiinga has since called on spouses to speak out once they have seen signs of violent behaviour as this would greatly help in reducing murder cases linked to GBV.

“The moment we see signs of gender-based violence taking place – if we were taking action we will see a reduction in numbers of murder related to gender-based violence happening. I strongly believe that for a person to reach a point of harming someone it means that the person has been through a lot, there is a lot which has been piling up over time, and the person reaches a limit …. to a point of (causing) death,” said Mwiinga

Mwiinga said that it was sad that spouses are not speaking out about challenges they face in their relationships, hence reaching a point of killing each other.

“They are many support structures that are available set up by both government and none governmental organisations that can support community members who have issue to do with gender-based violence in their life, they can walk in and talk to a psycho-socio counsellor who will help them to understand the situation and help them with solutions to deal with their case,” she said.

And Mwiinga has encourage men who were victims of GBV to report such cases as this will help in the fight against vice.

“We received 9,323 cases of GBV across the country in 2016 and 10,127 in 2017 so you find that out of the 10,000 reported cases 7,000 are female reporters of gender-based violence, we are aware of men who have been victims of gender based violence. We are encouraging them to feel free to report and there confidentiality will be guaranteed,” she added

According to the latest report released by the Zambia police in the third quarter of 2018 17 GBV related murder cases were reported in the third quarter of 2017 compared to 24 cases in third quarter of 2018 showing an increase by seven cases translating to 29.2%.