Legal Assistance Centre to visit courts to discuss gender-based violence response

WINDHOEK: The Legal Assistance Centre (LAC)’s Gender Research and Advocacy Project will visit magistrate’s courts from this week to discuss with service providers how Namibia can improve its responsiveness to cases of domestic violence.

A media statement issued by the LAC’s public outreach manager Rachel Coomer on Monday said the visits will start this Thursday and end next Friday.

The project is funded by the United States (US) Embassy through the President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR).

The road show will begin at the Katutura Magistrate’s Court on Thursday before moving on to six other courts to engage key personnel including magistrates, clerks, prosecutors, police and social workers.

The visit to the Katutura Magistrate’s Court will be followed by visits to the Rehoboth, Gobabis, Okahandja, Otjiwarongo, Grootfontein and Otavi courts.

Coomer said gender-based violence (GBV) is a serious problem as more than one third of women report violence from a partner in Namibia.