46 killed in Gender-based Violence disputes: Men coming forth to report cases

MORE men being abused by women are coming forward to report the abuse to the police amid reports that a total of 18 907 domestic violence cases were recorded across the country from January to October this year compared to 17 244 cases during the same period last year.

Zimbabwe which this year lost 46 people to GBV, joins the rest of the world in commemorating the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which started last Saturday and ends on December 10.

Unlike in the past when men were silent victims of abuse, there is an increase in the number of them reporting cases against women, with 2 463 reports compared to 1 782 cases that were reported last year, according to the police.

National police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, said 17 244 cases of domestic cases were recorded across the country between January to October last year, of which 15 462 were reported by women against men while 1 782 were reported by men against women.

“For the same period this year, 18 907 cases of domestic violence were reported and 16 444 of these cases were reported by women against men and 2 463 were reported by men against women,” he said.

During the same period last year, 21 men were killed due to domestic violence compared to 15 this year while 26 women lost their lives from January to October last year.

Asst Comm Nyathi said the statistics show that domestic violence was not only about women being attacked by men.

“Men are now coming forward to report abuse by women. Communities should continue giving credence to the issue of peace and tranquility in families. When couples have challenges here and there, only engagement and discussions can solve some of the differences,” he said.

Asst Comm Nyathi urged citizens to take advantage of available community structures to solve GBV cases.

He said the major causes of domestic violence include social media, family setups, financial matters and infidelity.

During the launch of the 16 Days of Activism Against GBV, the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development in collaboration with the United Nations country team Zimbabwe and its partners, called for the doubling of efforts to eliminate violence against women and girls.

In her speech, Minister Monica Mutsvangwa, said gender-based violence slows economic growth and constitutes a breach of the most sacred of moral contracts, that everyone has the right to feel safe and secure, to freely be their authentic selves and to chart their own destiny.

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