GOBABIS: The police in the Omaheke Region yesterday held a public meeting with members of the community in an effort to address escalating cases of domestic violence in the region.
The police, led by Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Regional Commander for the Omaheke Region, Commissioner Josephat Abel and the Regional Crime Investigation Coordinator, Chris Kalimbula told those gathered to always do their best to talk to their partners to avoid domestic issues ending up in violence.
The police also pleaded with the community at the meeting, which was largely attended by women, not to withdraw cases of domestic violence against their partners, as doing so hampers police operations.
Community members were advised to report cases of domestic violence early to avoid losing their lives or being severely physically abused by their partners.
According to statistics availed to the community by the police’s Woman and Child Protection Unit at Gobabis, more than 300 cases of domestic violence were reported to their office over the past two years alone.
It was noted that 99,5% of these cases were perpetrated against women.