Over 10,000 GBV victims withdrew cases in 2018 – Police
By Staff reporter
OVER 10,000 out of 22, 073 Gender Based Violence (GBV) cases reported in 2018, were withdrawn from various police stations
Zambia Police spokesperson Esther Katongo 10,811 cases were not prosecuted due to withdrawals while 201 cases were withdrawn from courts by the victims.
Katongo also told Zambia News & Information Service in an interview today that from the 3,241 cases that were taken to court, 1,097 offenders were convicted, 79 cases were acquitted and over 1,000 were still pending in the courts of law.
And Women for Change Executive Director Lumba Siyanga said that the organisation offers entrepreneurship and business development training to victims to help lessen their economic dependence on their abusers, which is recognised as one the major causes.
Siyanga said that the organisation has trained over 3, 000 women in entrepreneurial skills in the last five years, with start-up businesses.
Siyanga added that the organisation is currently running a project where women are being encouraged to participate in decision making and leadership.
She has since urged GBV victims to be part of support groups where they could offer each other economic and social support.
Meanwhile, the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) has appealed to government to actualize the Economic Empowerment Fund (EEF) for survivors of gender-based violence.
YWCA Programmes Manager Mirriam Mwiinga said that the EEF would help reduce the number of women withdrawing cases where the abusers were bread winners, as they will be able to support themselves in instances where the perpetrators were jailed.