Police woman talks about abuse

A Kuils River police officer described how she had stayed in an abusive marriage for the sake of her children for five years.

Speaking in Kalkfontein at the Department of Community Safety’s first stop of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign, the officer said her ordeal had been something no woman should ever have to go through.

She advised women in abusive relationships to report the incidents at the Kuils River police station, where they should ask to see Victim Empowerment Programme co-ordinator Sashmia Bergman, who could arrange help for them.

The police officer urged residents to trust the police and the courts. She said if a woman was dealing with an abusive man, they needed to get an interdict from the police first.

“Domestic violence is one of the crimes with the highest number in our communities,” she said. Encouraging the youth, Lieutenant Thembi Gwe, SAPS youth desk coordinator, said trying to be a better person was more important than your background. She warned that the youth faced a rape culture.