- August 4, 2021
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Police Officers Tipped With Gender-Based Violence Response Skills
The Uganda Police Force through its Department of Child and Family Protection has embarked on training call takers on how to respond to cases of Gender-Based Violence GBV and Violence Against Children VAC.
The three-day workshop at Police headquarters Naguru that started on Tuesday was opened by ACP Hillary Kulayige, the Deputy Director Chief Political Commissariat saw 22 call takers train to get the required skills.
ACP Kulayige urged the officers to be courteous and have customer care as they talk or receive calls from the victims and reporters of Gender-Based Violence cases.
According to SSP Maureen Atuhaire, the Ag. CP Child and Family Protection Department with support from UN Women established a toll-free helpline (0800199195 ) was established during the lockdown to aiming at increasing reporting of GBV and VAC cases, provide psychosocial support to the victims.
SSP Atuhaire noted that the helpline is also aimed at providing telephone counseling services to the clients and linking those in need of care and protection to services or service providers not forgetting to follow up on reported cases with the area police commanders and to raise awareness to the public on human rights and also collect data for policy formulation.
This follows the restricted movement of people that made it difficult for victims of GBV and VAC to report cases to police.
SSP Atuhaire narrated that from May 2020 when the helpline was established to June 2021, a total of 2,040 cases have been reported and responded to on time.
She revealed that the Uganda Police Force management has plans to establish GBV helplines both at the regional and district levels in a bid to extend services closer to the victims, survivors of GBV and other members of the public.