Police Attributes Rise of Domestic Violence on Lack of Awareness Top story

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Alalo says the police crime report, 4,326 women reported to have experienced domestic violence in 2013 with 2,326 deaths reported. According to Alalo, the Uganda Demographic Health Survey of 2011 also revealed that 56 percent of women had experienced domestic abuse since the age of 16.

The lack of awareness on existing laws on domestic violence has deterred the fight against the vice, two senior cops have observed. Beata Chelimo, the head of women affairs department in the office of the IGP and acting Police Commissioner Christine Alalo revealed this while announcing their partnership with Centre for Domestic Violence Prevention in improving awareness about the Domestic Violence Act.

The two partners have introduced the Domestic Violence Act sticker in Luganda, Runyankole/Rukiga, Ateso and Luo, which will be pasted on police cars countrywide. According to Alalo, despite the fact that the law has been in effect since 2010, domestic violence has remained a widely hidden yet rampant crime.

She says the police crime report, 4,326 women reported to have experienced domestic violence in 2013 with 2,326 deaths reported. According to Alalo, the Uganda Demographic Health Survey of 2011 also revealed that 56 percent of women had experienced domestic abuse since the age of 16.

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She urged the public to work with police by reporting any form of domestic violence against anyone saying that it is a criminal offence which violates human rights and has severe consequences to the children, individuals, families, communities and the entire nation.

Apart from causing diseases, physical injuries and death, Alalo said that 19.5 billion shillings is lost through addressing the effects of domestic violence while 2.4 billion shillings is lost in form of the value of productive days lost due to domestic violence. She added that reports show that the annual economic burden of domestic violence is 77.5 billion shillings which is the equivalent of 0.35 percent of the Gross Domestic Product- GDP.

Alalo said that as the Uganda Police marks 100 years, it wants to focus more on promoting safety and protection for every child, every woman, man, domestic worker and any person experiencing domestic violence. Chelimo asked the public to change their perception on domestic violence saying that people have a tendency of thinking that domestic violence affects only women and children.

She said that there are men who have also fallen victims of domestic violence and encouraged them to also report cases of domestic violence against them or their relatives and friends. The executive director of CEDOVIP Tina Musuya also said that it is a great opportunity that the police have come up to speak out on domestic violence by publicly encouraging the public to use the law against the habit.

The Domestic Violence Act sticker will be launched Wednesday at the railway grounds on Jinja road at a function which will be presided over by state minister for gender Rukia Nakadama.